All of Taylor’s bracing for steel-string models is a form of X-bracing. The “X” provides a continuous flow of strength from the upper bout to the lower bout, which provides rigidity in spite of the soundhole’s location in the middle of the soundboard. We currently offer three versions of X bracing:
Standard X (used on laminate models). This is Taylor’s original X pattern, featuring scalloped braces.
Standard II (used on the 3-7 Series). This version shifts the X forward (closer to the soundhole) and incorporates a Taylor-patented relief rout (see description below). These refinements enable more of the top to vibrate, enhancing the tone.
CV (used on the 8 Series and up). This version incorporates the relief rout and additional refinements, including subtle contouring differences in the scalloping. In general, guitars with CV bracing sound fuller and fatter without giving up articulation. They are also slightly louder.
The Taylor Relief Rout
Our patented relief rout is a tone-enhancing voicing technique in which a groove is carved along the inside edges of the top. This groove is similar in function to the re-curve on a violin — it “loosens up” the edges of the top, generating extra flexibility without sacrificing structural integrity. We first began using this groove in 2002. The result is increased bass and volume with a balanced tone.