So, I wanted to pick up a new V-brace Taylor to explore the legendary sustain it claims, but the 314ce I initially wanted was on back order. Being impatient, I saw the 312ce (Grand Concert, though the size of the body screams anything but "grand") was ready to ship and figured the difference wasn't going to be THAT much, right? So I place the order and sit back and wait. It arrives and sounds tonally accurate, high sustain, check, check, though the notes seem compressed and underwhelming. I figure it's the body size just not being large enough to create the full sounds I'm used to with my dreadnought, but the clarity was spot on. I played some lower end strings and the resonance just wasn't there. I figure an X-brace would still suit this size better, but I'm seeking a solid V-brace experience. I returned the 312ce and instead went with a 517e, going with the Grand Pacific body to get that low-end I was looking for (and nailed it, btw). The V-brace is awesome, but you need a big enough chamber to make up for the volume decrease over the X-bracing, and the GC is just too small to realize the gains and instead loses some much needed volume. In comparison, my X-brace Taylor GS Mini has a big sound, accurate but the sustain is much lower and doesn't hold notes like my 517e. The 517e actually vibrates neighboring strings when a harmony is struck via another string, it's amazing. But I digress. If you are a smaller person and only want to record or play downloaded tabs in your bedroom, this might be a good fit but I'd recommend a GS Mini-E Koa or Rosewood to get you there for much, much cheaper. Taylor: Pull the v brace from the lower-end GC because your nurfing the guitar by doing so.