Taylor's acoustic guitar bracing options explained

Taylor American Dream Series
(Image credit: Future / Phil Barker)

Ever since establishing itself as one of the world's leading guitar brands, Taylor has remained been at the forefront of cutting-edge acoustic guitar design. In fact, the Taylor name has long been a byword for innovation in the industry.

A big part of the company's success has been its bracing patterns, which have radically altered the performance and response of its soundboards, with the likes of its C-Class pattern allowing for an enhanced performance from smaller bodied guitars, and V-Class all but changing the game for high-end acoustic builds.

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.