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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Andy Powers Chats About Taylor V Class Guitars


Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Jan 27th, 2018 06:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Taylor is releasing guitars with a radical new bracing scheme, a V brace instead of the traditional X brace. Check out the video

1 Interesting enough to hear it explained,
but has anybody tried one out yet?

2 What do you think of his theory?

3 What do you think will be the condition of the
guitar after its been played for ten years,
and subject to a 'normal' amount of abuse?

and as a side note,
4 Do any of you watch the ocean or lake waves
to get ideas? How about the toilet flushing?

The 'V' thing interview

(This message was last edited by wborys at 08:46 PM, Jan 27th, 2018)

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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Jan 28th, 2018 02:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

Throw away your old-timey Taylor now and run and buy the new one, I guess?


michigan usa

Jan 28th, 2018 07:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think the cheapest version is listed at 5k so I won't be trying one. I'm sure they're great sounding guitars but I think that the v-brace is likely only different, not "better". X-bracing produces great guitars after all, as we all know.

While I champion any efforts at improving/evolving the guitar, what's needed are ways to make a nice sounding guitar more simply or with materials that are less expensive and/or more abundant than what we're accustomed to.

Wood is a fickle material and requires some wrangling to get it to make the sound you want. Doesn't look like this bracing system will make the process any easier.

Again, I'm sure those are nice guitars but if a new system doesn't simplify the process and make for a great guitar that's more affordable then, well, meh...more marketing hoo-ha.

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St. Louis

"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Jan 28th, 2018 09:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Might be a lot to it but does anyone else think Andy may be smoking a bit more weed nowadays?

I'm sure there's been a ton of design stuff done by every major maker out there. Trying this and that to make a better instrument.

That said I think the inconsistencies of wood and variance of of tolerances you can work with would more affect the sound more than design.
I don't know how many times I've played guitars in some pretty controlled environments playing several of the same model all brand new and factory fresh to find one that just pops and others that just are lacking in character.

I've been surprised by more than one guitar in expensive and budget built instruments as to the sounds you get from each one.

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So. Cal. USA

Jan 29th, 2018 04:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

This was their big thing for NAMM this year. Every manufacturer has to update their product line from time to time to keep existing customers upgrading and their name in the trades.

I watched, well listened to Andy's podcast about V-Class. What he says makes some sense but the guitars this is being introduced in are and most likely always be out of my price range unless some major consolidation occurs with my current inventory.

When these guitars make their way to stores I'll try them. Until then my lust will be confined to 12 fret slot heads as my dread wants were recently filled by a 2007 Taylor 810ce.

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