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Thread #40438   Message #579824
Posted By: CraigS
25-Oct-01 - 05:51 PM
Thread Name: Help: Truss Rods in Martins?
Subject: RE: Help: Truss Rods in Martins?
Things from my uncertain memory:

1) Gibson had a patent on adjustable truss rods which expired about 1940, preventing other makers from using them.

2) Martin used a T-section reinforcing bar from about 1931 onwards

3) Many pre-WWII steel-string guitars were reinforced with an ebony or maple strip in the centre of the neck

4) The square bar in Martins came post-WWII, and was used up into the 60s at least.