Western Red Cedar holds a special place in our hearts for its warmth and complexity. More common on nylon-string guitars, cedar has been historically underutilized on steel-strings due to its relative softness when compared to spruce. Thanks to Taylor’s new V-brace, however, fans of this classical top-wood can enjoy the full range of its unique harmonic spectrum at higher volumes and in greater detail.
This earthy yet sophisticated grand auditorium excels as a fingerstyle guitar. Its precise note separation is pleasantly contrasted by the overall cohesion of its tone. It’s the kind of guitar that draws the listener in close. It has a very articulate, intimate, and direct voice.
Visually, its both stunning and understated. Varying shades of beautifully-grained, golden brown tonewoods come together with iconic tortoise binding and clean ivoroid borders. Th century fretboard and peghead inlay further adds to its dignified mystique.
This versatile, powerfully articulate instrument can be enjoyed by rhythm and fingerstylists alike and has a soulful depth that will inspire songwriters. There’s nothing like the smell of cedar, and nothing like the sound either. Taylor has taken its characteristic warmth and focus into the forefront with their new V-class 514.
Cedar’s warm midrange overtones and quick response make it a coveted top wood among fingerstylists and other players with a lighter touch. On this mahogany/cedar cutaway Grand Auditorium, V-Class bracing lifts those sonic virtues to new heights, serving up an even more powerful all-around response with billowing sustain. Add to that the bundle of sonic refinements that V-Class brings, including more powerful notes all the way up the fretboard and greater in-tuneness between the notes (thanks to a more orderly response from the top), and you’ve got a guitar that can cover a lot of ground. Mahogany’s naturally dry, focused voice emphasizes the midrange, lending a warm, clear punch that strummers, blues players will especially appreciate. Appointments include faux tortoise shell binding and pickguard, a faux tortoise/ivoroid rosette, and our striking Century fretboard inlay scheme in grained ivoroid with a new peghead inlay to complement the motif. With onboard Taylor ES2 electronics, you can count on natural-sounding amplified acoustic tone whenever you need it. The guitar also features a Venetian cutaway for upper-fretboard access, and ships in a deluxe hardshell case.