2018 Taylor Builder’s Edition K-14CE Acoustic Guitar

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Price: 4000
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If you want the nicest, best playing and sounding Taylor acoustic electric, here it is. I selected this one from several at the Dallas Guitar Show last year. This model won the best acoustic guitar in 2018 according to guitar.com. I attached an excerpt from the article below. Top of the line Taylor ES 2 electronics. Musicians Friend sells these for $5000.00, so here’s your chance to save $1000.00 on a like new, mint one. The woods in this one are beautiful. Flamed koa for the sides and back and torrified spruce top. Beautiful abalone inlay on all borders, front and back, and an intricate abalone inlay on the neck. Check one out at Musicians Friend. I am the original owner and have barely played it. I might trade up or down for vintage guitars or amplifiers. Leave me a number and I can text more pics if needed.

GEAR OF THE YEAR 2018: BEST PREMIUM ACOUSTIC GUITARS
Introducing the finest acoustic guitars, released over the past 12 months, that money can buy.

BY GUITAR.COM - 11TH DECEMBER 2018
Taylor Builder’s Edition K14ce V-Class

WINNER: Taylor Builder’s Edition K14ce with V-Class bracing

We’ve been lucky enough to play a lot of beautiful acoustic guitars this year, but when it came to weighing up this category, there was only one winner.

Projection, clarity, tremendous and haunting sustain, vibrant and complex harmonics… all of these characteristics are the hallmarks of the world’s finest acoustic instruments, but V-Class also brings a level of tuning and intonation accuracy that unlocks a world of possibilities for recording.

It is the finest six-string Taylor we have ever played, and may prove to be historically significant in years to come.

Here’s what Taylor says:

Remarkable guitar from Taylor's Master Builder with torrified Sitka spruce top and plenty of refinements to make it a true standout.

Taylor's Master Guitar Designer, Andy Powers conceived the K14ce V-Class Builder's Edition Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar to combine Old World aesthetic qualities with the latest Taylor innovations. This version features a torrified Sitka spruce top with solid koa back and sides. The Builder's Edition is essentially Andy's "Director's Cut" edition with additional playing features and a distinct visual aesthetic. Exlusive to the Builder's Edition: beveled armrest and beveled cutaway with neck heel contouring, "Silent" satin finish with Kona burst, inlaid purfling body edge treatment, paua fingerboard/peghead inlays and rosette, paua edge trim (top and back), premium Gotoh tuners with 21:1 ratio and Expression System 2 electronics. The K14ce V-Class Builder's Edition Grand Auditorium Acoustic-Electric Guitar ships in a Taylor deluxe hardshell case for optimal fit and protection.

Body Shape
A Taylor original, the Grand Auditorium helped establish the Taylor acoustic sound. The popular body style makes for a versatile guitar that yields ample volume in response to light fingerpicking, and reacts to medium strumming and flatpicking with a clear, balanced sound across the tonal spectrum. If you want a great all-purpose guitar, the GA is an excellent choice.

Tonewood Pairing
A guitar's top is the primary filter and distributor of vibrating string energy through the guitar, which means it has a huge impact on its sound. Sitka Spruce is the most prevalent guitar top wood of the modern era. It blends stiffness and elasticity in just the right proportions which translates into broad dynamic range with crisp articulation. This Builder's Edition guitar features a special seasoning process for the spruce top called torrefaction, a method of roasting the wood to produce an aged tonal character with greater acoustic resonance and responsiveness. As to the back and sides, Koa is a fairly dense tropical hardwood with a strong midrange focus similar to mahogany, with a bit of extra top-end brightness and chime. The more koa is played and has a chance to open up - especially when the back and sides are also solid koa - it promises to grow warmer, sweeter, and even more inspiring.

Electronics
Taylor's ES2 is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. Because the pickup doesn't sit under the saddle, the bottom of the saddle comes in full contact with the bridge, allowing all the nuance of the guitar's tone to come through clearly whether playing acousticly or plugged- in. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before while playing plugged-in. Together with Taylor’s custom-designed “professional audio”-grade preamp, this system produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. On stage through a PA, plugged into your favorite acoustic amplifier, or direct into recording software, the Expression System 2 faithfully conveys the voice of your Taylor guitar. The Taylor Expression System 2 operates through a proprietary 9-volt battery compartment and easy-to-use volume, and active bass and treble controls.

Other Features
Taylor's V-Class bracing is a fundamental innovation in acoustic guitar design. It marks an important evolution beyond traditional X-bracing, introducing an entirely new platform for acoustic performance. It is essentially an "engine" that optimizes the response of an acoustic guitar in three key ways: by boosting volume, sustain, and by largely resolving the intonation issues that have long plagued acoustic guitars. V-Class bracing creates purer, more orderly notes that don't cancel each other out or sound "off". They have clearer, more consistent response, and the whole fretboard is brought into greater sonic alignment for a more musical playing/listening experience. Guitars with V-Class bracing are easier to tune; the pitch sounds purer and more solid, and electronic tuners can more easily locate notes for quick, precise tuning. Other benefits: harmonics ring more uniformly down the neck, notes are louder with more projection and sustain, and notes are more consistent, i.e., upper register notes don't get choked out or swallowed. Fewer "sour" sonic qualities exist with chords; a more agreeable relationship is created between notes as they ripen, bloom and decay.