Taylor's new V-Bracing VS the Standard X-Bracing!

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Taylor's new V-Bracing VS the Standard X-Bracing!

You might have heard that guitar-manufacturer Taylor has begun making guitars with a non-traditional and new V-Bracing system. Curious to how they sound? Check out our video now!

Taylor Guitars took the acoustic-guitar-community by storm when they announced the new V-Bracing system. Guitar manufacturers have been using the traditional X-Bracing system for years and years. For that reason, we decided to put together 2 pairs of the exact same Taylor guitars, the only difference; One of them has V-Bracing whilst the other has X-Bracing. 


Check out the video now and let us know which one sounds best and why! 



  1. David Gallagher David Gallagher

    I have a 2017 814ce deluxe. I love this guitar, I swear it's a joy to play. I have no way to try the new V bracing unless I want to drive a few hours. I was curious if the V class would sound even better? Sounds like most people are saying the difference is minimal. Any thoughts?

  2. Joe Joe

    I just tried out a new 314ce v-class at my local Taylor dealer and I just couldn’t discern a detectable difference between it and x-braced Taylor’s. One thing that was impressive was the perfect intonation up the neck. Only time will tell I guess.

  3. Tim Tim

    I have a "cheap" v-braced Taylor 314ce. I also have a 1986 Martin D-2832 Shenandoah that has great sound and great playability, and it has a little more full sound as one would expect comparing the body shapes. Right now I have Elixir strings on both. I can hear the difference in the exact intonation of the Taylor - it's absolutely perfect all the way up the neck, simply amazing. I agree that the v-bracing is dang near revolutionary - everything is in tune everywhere!

  4. Ryan Maw Ryan Maw

    I understand the theory behind the two. However, you can accomplish a better sound from a solid recording mic, an acoustically sound room or even a premiere set of strings. The amount of pencil lead to make an X vs. a V is minimal and the difference between the two in a Taylor guitar is also minimal. Let’s be real. America is a capitalist country where the words new and better sell. Is V bracing worth $2000 more than X bracing? I played both, heard both, but come on. It’s a matter of I’m better than you.

  5. George M Sanders Jr George M Sanders Jr

    I will have to agree with you on the just different. I must admit there are different strokes for different folks. I was not implying that the v bracing sounded really bad, it is just a voice that does not suit me. Maybe with age the guitar will sound better. My 810 is ten years old.

  6. Maarten Dispa Maarten Dispa

    Interesting thoughts George, we've heard many people that seem to stick to the X-bracing. I'm not convinced on them either but I feel both variants have their place in the guitar-world. It's not better per se, it's just different.

  7. George M Sanders Jr George M Sanders Jr

    The new v bracing sounds like a cross between a guitar and I don't know what. May a Martin. I have a 810 that is one of the best sounding guitars I have heard. Sorry, but I am not a fan of the new v bracing. Don't, stop making the x bracing, you have a good thing with the old bracing.

  8. Maarten Dispa Maarten Dispa

    Hey Ron, that's a great idea! If you're interested in one of the two I can make you a short video comparing the two?

    TFOA Team

  9. Ron Ron

    If I detect any difference it is very small. A more interesting comparison might be a Taylor v braced guitar against Martin x braced guitar of similar style, guality and materials.

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