The Builder’s Edition design concept is guided by Taylors desire to elevate the guitar-playing experience to a new level of refinement in both sound and feel. Inspired by the sonic advances of their V-Class bracing, Taylor design architect Andy Powers has applied his envelope-pushing touches to similarly enhance the playing comfort.
With the maple/torrefied spruce Builder’s Edition 614ce, they’ve paired V-Class bracing with player-friendly contouring to create a wonderfully ergonomic feel. Smooth details include a beveled armrest with beveled body edge treatment; a contoured cutaway with a finger bevel for extra fretting ease up the neck; gold Gotoh 510 tuners that sport a luxurious feel and 21:1 gear ratio; and a Silent Satin finish, which reduces incidental noise while playing.
Tonally, the combination of V-Class bracing, the Grand Auditorium body style, and the maple/torrefied spruce wood pairing together translate into an incredibly responsive guitar. V-Class’s sonic improvements — more volume and sustain, more harmonic agreement between notes, and remarkable consistency in the fullness of notes everywhere on the fretboard — give maple’s sonic transparency a remarkably player-reflective character, allowing the guitar to sound warm, bright or whatever the player decides to bring to it. The touch sensitivity is enhanced by a proprietary roasting process for the torrefied Sitka spruce top, which lowers the damping effect and delivers a more played-in tone.
Striking aesthetic details include a new Wild Honey Burst on the top, back, sides and neck, a Taylor mother-of-pearl Sceptor fretboard/peghead inlay, and inset maple/black body purfling with matching rosette. The guitar comes equipped with Taylor ES2 electronics and ships in a deluxe hardshell case.