Taylor V-Class Bracing: Everything You Need To Know

Andy Powers has challenged the way guitar bracing is done with the new V-Class. Unlike a traditional X-Bracing pattern the spans a large portion under the top of the guitar, the V-Class bracing has two piece meet towards where the strap button is under the top and split towards the sides going to the neck. This allows for more sustain and volume than traditional brace patterns due to the top being able to vibrate more fluidly rather than having 4 quadrants of the guitar vibrant independently.

The result of this innovative design means notes are fuller, rounder and more powerful throughout the fretboard. Additionally, you don’t have to press as hard on the higher frets allowing for a more consistent playing style throughout the neck resulting in consistent tone.

Open chords on the guitar are better than ever! On guitars with traditional bracing, playing an open chord might be in tune with one chord but be slightly out of tune with another. Thanks to the V-Class bracing, intonation is improved allowing all chords to be in tune in first position! When it comes to chords throughout the rest of the neck, notes within the chord won’t decay quicker than others and won’t result in warbling, beating, or buzzing so you can play past the 12th fret with clarity and sustain.


Previous articleYamaha MG Mixers: Everything You Need to Know
Next articleYamaha StagePas BT Portable PA Systems: Everything You Need to Know
Ben Ash
Ben Ash is a member of the Sam Ash Music family, both literally and figuratively. He has worked on the sales floor in both the Huntington and Forest Hills location. As Social Media Coordinator, he was integral with bringing the social media of the company to new heights and relevancy. He was also a Manager of the Northeast region. Currently, he is the Content Marketing Manager for Sam Ash Music. He received a Bachelors Degree in Music Business at Berklee College Of Music in 2012. He’s a proficient guitar player and can also play bass and ukulele. Although he grew up as a fan of classic rock and alternative, he’s now opened his mind to being a fan of many genres of music. He regularly posts his music covers on his YouTube channel and has played multiple venues in Long Island, NYC, Philadelphia and Boston.