The new Builder’s Edition K14ce may very well provide the most luxurious playing experience of any acoustic guitar in our shop! Andy Powers designed the Builder’s Edition guitars to be as comfortable as humanly possible, and they have rolled out the six-string equivalent of a red carpet for players who demand exceptional ergonomics as well as spectacular sound. Like any Taylor, it has exceptional handfeel and it plays easy like Sunday morning–especially on the high frets, where a reshaped cutaway with a finger bevel allows for unprecedented upper-fret access.
Speaking of bevels, the wizards at Taylor have taken their beveled armrest concept and expanded on it, and the results are extraordinary! We Wildwoodians have loved Taylor’s armrests for years, because they allow for maximum comfort AND they allow the top to resonate more freely because your arm doesn’t rest directly on the soundboard. On the Builder’s Edition K14ce, Taylor has beveled the edge of the ENTIRE guitar. When you combine this smooth feel with Taylor’s “silent satin” finish–a thin finish meant to cut down on incidental noise–you get a guitar that provides world-beating comfort. Basically, when you pick up a K14ce, it feels so welcoming and inviting that it’s almost like you’re playing a wooden pillow!
Not that you’ll be able to sleep, because they sound so good that you’ll want to stay up all night playing them! The torrefied spruce top and the koa back and sides conspire together to bring you warm, deep, clear lows to go with woody, detailed midrange and classic Taylor sparkle and shimmer in the highs. This sort of tonewood pairing would ordinarily result in an addictive sonic cocktail, but Taylor pushed these guitars over the top by incorporating their revolutionary V-Class bracing!
A V-Class of Their Own
V-Class bracing solves a major problem with acoustic guitar design. Typically, guitar builders must make a choice between sustain and volume. More flexible wood leads to greater volume, while stiffer planks result in greater sustain. Reconciling these two opposing truths to make a guitar that sustains AND projects has been the fundamental quandary of acoustic guitar construction for most of the history of lutherie. Now, we no longer have to trade one for the other!
V-Class bracing controls the way the top flexes in order to make the vibrations “rock” back and forth in across the top in a more orderly manner. By controlling the way the top flexes, the bracing allows the guitar to sing loud and proud with a focused yet sonorous voice. The bracing also makes the center of the top more rigid, which keeps the strings vibrating longer, which gives you a ridiculous amount of sustain. So, players are able to have their cake and eat it, too! You get endless, Spinal Tap-worthy sustain and serious volume in the same guitar–a truly rare feat!
We are so proud to showcase these magnificent acoustics for our exceptional customers, and we hope you find their opulent feel and tone as inspiring as we do!
- Model: K14ce
- Type: Grand Auditorium
- Top Wood: Torrefied Spruce
- Top Finish: Satin
- Bracing: V-Class with Relief Rout
- Back & Sides Wood: Koa
- Back & Sides Finish: Gloss
- Cutaway: Venetian
- Neck Wood: Tropical Mahogany
- Neck Dimensions: .830 1st - .880 9th
- Fretboard Material: Ebony
- Fingerboard Inlays: Spring Vine
- Scale Length: 25.5"
- Nut Material: Graphite
- Binding: West African Ebony
- Rosette: Koa/Fiber/Paua Single Ring
- Electronics: Expression System 2
- Tuners: Gotoh Gold
- Bridge: Ebony
- Saddle: Micarta
- Case: Hardshell Case
- Stock Code: AK0200261100539S195