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Tech: guitar bracing question

olddude 17 Oct 08 - 06:23 PM
s&r 17 Oct 08 - 07:08 PM
olddude 17 Oct 08 - 07:28 PM
Richard Bridge 18 Oct 08 - 05:15 AM
Bernard 18 Oct 08 - 08:06 AM
John Hardly 18 Oct 08 - 09:07 AM
Mooh 18 Oct 08 - 10:53 AM
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Subject: Tech: guitar bracing question
From: olddude
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 06:23 PM

I never really understood the different bracing makes on guitar sound. Does it really make a difference in sound or is just the wood that makes a difference. What is Scalloped bracing. I think I understand x bracing like the martins all had but I read now they are switching to scalloped bracing?

can someone please explain this to me


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Subject: RE: Tech: guitar bracing question
From: s&r
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 07:08 PM

Pictures

Stu


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Subject: RE: Tech: guitar bracing question
From: olddude
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 07:28 PM

Thank you now I get it

I appreciate it. I googled and saw the pictures on another site but they didn't explain it

thanks again


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Subject: RE: Tech: guitar bracing question
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 18 Oct 08 - 05:15 AM

I'd expect the larger bridge plate to reduce the resonant frequency and so give more bass.


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Subject: RE: Tech: guitar bracing question
From: Bernard
Date: 18 Oct 08 - 08:06 AM

A more rigid structure = less bass?

Okay, the volume of the body and shape and size of the soundhole also play their part.


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Subject: RE: Tech: guitar bracing question
From: John Hardly
Date: 18 Oct 08 - 09:07 AM

Bracing (both patterns and weight) makes MORE difference than wood variety.


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Subject: RE: Tech: guitar bracing question
From: Mooh
Date: 18 Oct 08 - 10:53 AM

Bracing is way more important than most guitar folks seem to beleive. I've played complete dogs of guitars with great looking tops which opened up substantially once the braces were shaved (this won't always work, but often does), and played lousy looking tops with great tone. It's the whole package which is important but the bracing which is critical. (One of my flattops, a small body one, improved greatly when it was shaved and one brace removed.) Some of this sort of work is pretty expensive unless one knows to do it one's self, or is well connected with the builder and repair folks.

There are some builders using a sort of girder style bracing with holes drilled through them, and others using I beam style braces, and still others using laminated braces and struts and the like. Amazing numbers of choices outside of the mainstream.

Peace, Mooh.


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