Friday, April 17, 2009


The bracing system for the tops of most steel string guitars since the advent of steel strings has been the X bracing system, pioneered by Martin Guitars, this is the system I will be using for my guitar. The main component is the X obviously enough!


That’s not all the bracing you need though, it’s built up to allow vibrations of the top whilst being strong enough to withstand the pressure of the steel strings.


There is also another brace at the very left of the picture to be fitted, it’s a flatter brace with the grain going length-ways along it, perpendicular to the grain of the top, this is in order to stop twisting of the top under the pressure of the strings

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