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Old 03-09-2016, 10:36 PM
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Default Brace Trace

Larry traced the bracing pattern from a 1902 Martin 00-12 gut string. The initial tracings were done on tracing paper, then transferred to yellow card stock. The bracing design was modified by narrowing the X-brace without moving the x junction (compare the intersection with the bridge and the lengths of the sound hole strips on the two patterns), and generally beefing up the braces to accommodate steel strings. The back brace pattern is also shown.

A cool note on the bridge plate wood: Local Nevada wood! Because Nevada is known for tonewood... Of late, Larry has been using Black Locust for most of his bridge plates, but his stock was almost gone. About 18 months ago I overheard a conversation in which a colleague mentioned removing a mature Black Locust tree from their land in Douglas County. To make a long story short, I got a section of the main trunk, and Larry milled it into bridge plate stock. He prefers to use rift sawn stock to prevent grain line cracking in the plates. Larry will cut out the knots and use only clear wood.

Martin 00-18G; Eastman 805; Waterloo WL-S; Furch: Yellow OOM-CR, V1 OOM-SR; Tahoe Guitar Co.: OM (Adi/Hog), 000-12 (Carp/FG Hog), 000-12 (Lutz/Maple), 00-12 (Carp/Sinker Hog), 00-14 (Adi/Ovangkol); Cordoba Mini II

Ideal GAS Law


G = The ideal number of guitars
C = Your current number of guitars


G = C+1

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