Taylor Guitars Limited E14ce
The Sweet Sounds of EbonyWildoodians, we are proud to present the highly-limited E14ce from our friends at Taylor Guitars. It's a glorious grand auditorium that harnesses the sonic horsepower of West African ebony in a fresh, exciting, inspiring way, and they look absolutely stunning. They have a voice as gorgeous as the back and sides, with rich bass response, transparent midrange, and a sweet, glassy, detailed high-end. It produces a strong fundamental, and it has a resounding piano-like attack. Overall, these E14ces sound quite robust, and they have a rare and delightful voice that stands out in the crowd. You don't see too many guitars with ebony back and sides and a spruce top, so playing one is like taking an expedition into new territory--always a creativity-inducing experience!
Grand Auditorium GreatnessThe E14ce's shape is also part of the reason why it's so inspiring. The Grand Auditorium body is particularly cool because it's a Taylor original without too many antecedents or influence from "traditional" acoustic guitar design. Size-wise, it lands somewhere between a dreadnought and a grand concert, so it is supremely comfortable to play. Being an in-betweener, it responds equally well to fingerstyle and pick playing. It captures all of the subtleties and nuances of the player's attack, yet it also sounds full and satisfying when you strum a big chord. And, it has Taylor's killer ES-2 pickup system, so you can be certain that you'll get excellent sound whether you're playing a solo set or a gig with a band.
A V-ClassicWe can't talk about the E14ce without talking about Taylor's new V-Class bracing. It's an elegant solution to a problem that has plagued luthiers for decades. For years, acoustic guitar builders had to compromise between volume and sustain. Flexibility equals volume, and stiffness equals sustain. Obviously, a piece of wood cannot be rigid and flexible at the same time, so builders had to go for one or the other.
Andy Powers wanted to have his cake and eat it, too. After much tinkering, V-Class bracing was his elegant solution to the problem that has plagued luthiers for centuries. As the name implies, V-Class bracing features two long pieces of wood that make a "V" shape together. The bracing is quite thin and flexible near the rear bout, but it becomes thicker as you get closer to the soundhole.
So, you get volume from the flexible parts of the bracing, and sustain from the rigid parts! Many areas of the guitar neck that typically sound weak (ninth fret on the G string, for instance) have just as much presence, resonance, and sustain as the low E. As a result, the E14ce sounds supremely balanced and sculpted. When you hear one played live in the room, you'd swear a mix engineer had already done a bunch of post-production work on it. And, it gives the guitar piano-like note separation and crystalline clarity even when you play fancy jazz chords!
Intonation StationV-Class bracing also does wonders for the guitar's intonation. Are you ready to have your mind blown? When I visited the Taylor headquarters El Cajon, Andy Powers explained that an acoustic guitar's intonation is not necessarily just the sum of the typical adjustments like saddle height, nut slots, and neck angle (though they do a play a part). The way that the actual guitar itself vibrates also has a lot to do with how in-tune it sounds.
Andy told me to picture it like this: when you take close-up slow-motion footage of a guitar's top with a high-speed camera as someone plays it, you can see the top move vividly. On a traditional X-braced guitar, the top vibrates in a disorderly, disjointed manner. This can cause a guitar with the perfect saddle height and neck angle to sound out of tune when you play a big open chord.
By contrast, guitars with V-Class bracing vibrate in a much more orderly manner. The graduated braces compel the energy from the player's attack to move from the thin outer part of the bracing to the thicker inner part in an efficient manner. If you were to take a high-speed shot of a V-Class top, you would see it rock back and forth evenly in a pleasing pattern. Because of that V-Class magic, the E14ce sounds so in-tune that it's scary.
A Different BreedWe are proud to showcase the Taylor E14ce. These highly-limited beasts have powerful voices that stand out from the pack, and their rare tonal properties make them incredibly inspiring. If you're looking for a fresh take on the classic Taylor sound, take one of these E14ces for a spin and experience the delightful sonic chemistry between ebony and spruce!
|Top Wood||Solid Sitka Spruce|
|Bracing||V-Class with Relief Rout|
|Back & Sides Wood||Solid West African Ebony|
|Back & Sides Finish||Gloss|
|Neck Wood||Tropical Mahogany|
|Neck Dimensions||.860 1st - .880 9th|
|Fretboard Material||West African Ebony|
|Fingerboard Inlays||Italian Acrylic and Faux Pearl Belle Fleur|
|Nut Material||Black Graphite-Infused Tusq|
|Rosette||Single-Ring Black and White|
|Electronics||Expression System 2|
|Bridge||West African Ebony|
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