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Old 01-26-2015, 09:50 AM
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Default Top Bracing

Here Larry is making the top braces and gluing them to the top on the go bar deck.

A few notes:

(1) The Tahoe 00-14 design is based on the Martin 00-14 design, which has a 24.9" scale. To accommodate the 25.4" scale, Larry's design simply moves the bridge back, leaving the position of the X-brace unchanged. This adjustment can be seen in the picture showing the bracing template. So there is a bit less overlap between the X-brace and the bridge. I suspect this helps contribute to the robust tonal character of this design.

(2) The braces have been tapered at the top to give them a more triangular profile. They will be rounded during the carving process, giving a more parabolic profile. This is in an effort to reduce mass while preserving strength.

(3) All brace ends below the X junction are left untucked, the intent being to maximize vibration on the outer edge of the soundboard.

(4) I have chosen to have no tongue brace.

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