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Old 03-21-2019, 08:11 AM
MC5C MC5C is offline
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Many people do such things to their guitars. Rick Turner has used carbon fiber rods as buttresses from the neck block to hard points at the waist of the body. Others extend the strings to the tail-block so the bridge is not terminating the tension. I've used a longitundal brace just under the top plate between the neck and tail blocks to take up some of the tension of the strings on my X-braced archtops. It seems to me that the top bracing on a flat-top guitar is largely designed to take up and distribute those string loads, and taking them away might require, or allow, significant changes to the way a top is braced - or not!
Brian Evans
Around 15 archtops, electrics, resonators, a lap steel, a uke, a mandolin, some I made, some I bought, some kinda showed up and wouldn't leave. Tatamagouche Nova Scotia.
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