V for victory

£3,359 €3,398 $3,149

By Dave Burrluck 24 October 2018

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V for victory

£3,359 €3,398 $3,149

By Dave Burrluck 24 October 2018

Pros Generally fine-thorough construct, all-round performance acoustically and also plugged-in that’s amplified by V-Class bracing.
Cons Not all of us have £3.5k to spfinish, and also it’s more than likely even even more important through these V-Class models to play the various series GAs to really find your fit.

Taylor released its V-Class bracing in a frequently well-controlled media project to coincide via NAMM 2018 earlier in January - fitting for among the best stories in the acoustic guitar human being for rather some time. 

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Ever the innovator, Taylor ssuggest refsupplies to look backwards to move forwards. To recap, V-Class bracing is a replacement for the time-honoured X-brace. Two main braces, lhelp out in a V form, begin either side of the soundhole and run down to the finish block. A main cross brace sits below the soundhole - easily visible with the soundhole - while four added braces fan out either side of those primary V’d braces, listed below the bridge. That’s it. Aside from checking the soundhole, the main identifier for V-Class is ssuggest the black graphite nut, visibly angled back braces and here - compared to our standard-braced 714ce - a secondary ‘Reflections’ headstock inlay. There is likewise a brand-new inner label, which for the initially time, attributes the signature of Andy Powers, Taylor’s Master Luthier and also the creator of V-Class. 

The spruce/roselumber 700 Series, prefer the majority of Taylor’s guitars, already obtained an Andy Powers makeover earlier in 2016. It introduced an optional Western Sunburst optimal, a ‘weathered brown’ pickguard, multi-ring rosette (featuring Douglas fir, favor a ‘herbal half- herringbone’), which is echoed as purfling inside the Hawaii koa binding. 

A new attribute that was presented then (and also remains here) is the Lutz spruce height, which according to Taylor has actually a “normally occurring hybrid of Sitka and also White spruce, which blends the positive characteristics of these woods (and its close cousin, Engelmann spruce) with the robust tonal output of Adirondack spruce. It will certainly respond well to a strong attack.” 

“In many kind of respects, it’s come to be my favourite spruce,” says Andy Powers. “It has power and also headroom, but without sounding brash. It’s doesn’t sound brittle and it’s not as well aggressive. It has a ton of warmth.” 

He continues: “A lot of times Sitka will sound favor a Twin Reverb - a superb high-wattage amp, with super-clear headroom, and also exceptionally powerful, however it have the right to be a small stark. The Lutz spruce has actually headroom and that power, but the entirety sound is wide and also warmth.
It sounds even more like a Vibroverb or something, wright here there’s plenty of horsepower, with a wealthy flavour. It tends
to provide you a small even more colour, which I choose for the 700 Series bereason it fits the guitar’s identification. It fits the strummer a little better in many type of instances.” 

Feel and Sounds

We could waste words right here on the construct details but we’ve consistently faicaused find a hair out of location through a Taylor, not leastern at this price level. This V-Class 714ce, and its standard-braced sibling we had actually for compariboy, are both beauticompletely faultless. 

The 714ce is the epitome of Taylor and is well-known for its clear, articulate voice with generous but seldom boomy lows, crisp contemporary highs and a slightly relaxed midarray. Bundle in the virtual electric-choose playability (string gauge aside, of course) and also huge consistency and here’s one guitar that you can buy via a click of mouse. 

Listening initially to the standard-braced 714ce, balance is every little thing and the previous upgrade absolutely added a little more oomph in terms of dynamic range and response, which creates a guitar that belts it out once strummed tough, yet doesn’t lose its life as soon as fingerpicked. But we recognize that already, right? What does V-Class bring? 

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Well, if we were A/B’ing this pair in a store, we’d walk out with the V-Class design also if we had actually no idea of the constructional differences. Why? As excellent as the standard version is, the V-Class version appears louder with a more comprehensive dynamic range. You really can hit this hard and get a result - the typical version didn’t seem doing not have until we played the V-Class. More primarily tbelow shows up to be even more clarity and depth compared to the typical braced version. 

Swapping between the 2, the V-Class simply sounds cleaner in the lower mids (but not deficient), yet it’s in the higher registers that we hear a freer, less constricted ring. As we said in our previous V-Class test, intonation has actually constantly been superb on eincredibly contemporary Taylor we’ve played but aacquire - and, yes, it’s subtle - V-Class sounds slightly sweeter, more in-tune. 

The V-class just sounds smovarious other, also when playing fairly tough intervals

Using a Peterkid Strobe tuner with both guitars as in-tune as we might gain them, depending on what we played, the standard-brace version had us double-checking the tuner. The V-Class just sounds smovarious other, even once playing quite difficult intervals. As you play across the ’board not least via, for example, a low E root then better worry partial chords, the V-Class sounds lovely, while the very same thing on the typical guitar currently seems slightly angular. 

Again, the ES2 system is not only hugely simplistic, but seems much faster to dial in a usable sound compared to the standard-braced version seeming to reflect what we’re hearing unplugged. 

Progress and also development have the right to often seem favor dirty words in an industry that can show up to be constricted by its previous.
 If a brand-new construct doesn’t follow the ethics of ‘vintage is best’ then it can’t be any type of good... Andy Powers hasn’t precisely thrvery own that rule-book out of his workshop home window, but he has actually actually installed a couple of more vintage-y features appropriate across the Taylor line in both sound and also appearance. So the V-Class doesn’t produce a brand-new horizon sound, as such, yet it does boost and enhance what was currently a cornerrock Taylor model. And that’s whether you’re a cowboy- chord strummer or a new-age fingerstyle percussive maestro. 

As we got provided to the guitars (even over a reasonably short play-test time), what initially sounded prefer rather a subtle difference between the V-Class and also the standard-braced model, came to be a lot more prodiscovered. It mirrors our thoughts from our initial V-Class test - it’s sindicate a far better tool. 

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