Taylor Guitars' designed Andy Powers has brought the new V-class bracing pattern to their line of 12 strings guitars and with it a host of new design ideas. Prior to the v-class bracing Taylor's recent line of small bodies 12-fret, 12-strings guitars were something of an oddity in the acoustic guitar market. Most 12-string guitars are made as large bodied jumbo models. Taylor bucked this tradition a few years ago with smaller Grand Concert sized guitars that also featured 12-fret necks. This 12-fret design, despite being non-traditional, actually makes a lot of sense. Rarely does one play very high up on the neck of a 12-string guitar so the shorter neck did not pose issues there. The movement of the bridge to accommodate the 12-fret neck means that the bridge is now in the middle of the top affecting the tone with a more open sound. The result is a mellowed 12-string that is extremely comfortable to play. The new V-class bracing brings a host of changes to the tone of the guitar. Expect enhanced sustain, increased volume and the most accurate intonation on a 12-string I have played. To accomodate the V bracing with the lower placement of the 12 -fret bridge, the 12 strings are anchored to the bridge with only 6 bridge pins. This new design has the added benefit of the ensuring the same break angle of each string at the saddle.
Taylor 362ce 12-string - http://bit.ly/2LL3uFG