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Thread #40438   Message #579818
Posted By: CraigS
25-Oct-01 - 05:45 PM
Thread Name: Help: Truss Rods in Martins?
Subject: RE: Help: Truss Rods in Martins?
I can't remember from where I know this, but my memory says that Gibson had a patent on adjustable truss rods which expired about 1940, preventing other firms from using them. Many pre-WWII steel-strung guitars had a reinforcing strip up the centre of the neck. My uncertain memory also says that Martins had a T-section reinforcing bar from about 1931 - the square bar came later, and they did not use an adjustable bar until about the mid-60s.