Combining understated aesthetics, tone-enhancing details, and amazing value, Taylor’s 300 Series guitars are incredibly popular. The richly grained Sitka spruce top of the 312ce Grand Concert V-Class acoustic-electric pairs beautifully with its sapele back and sides to deliver a powerful, beautifully balanced sound with punchy midrange focus and clear treble — a sound forged by Taylor’s revolutionary V-Class bracing and amplified flawlessly by the onboard Expression System 2 electronics.
V-Class bracing: a sonic revelation
Bracing is the internal framework of an acoustic guitar that helps shape its sound. Although X-bracing has been standard in acoustic guitars for over a century, it creates an innate conflict between two key elements of a guitar’s sound: volume and sustain. The guitar’s top (its soundboard) contributes to both. The flexibility of the top generates volume (projection), while its stiffness generates sustain. And with X-braced guitar tops, here’s where the trade-off comes in: when something is made stiffer, its flexibility is reduced (and vice versa). V-Class bracing changes all that.