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Old 03-21-2019, 02:26 PM
Arthur Blake Arthur Blake is offline
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Originally Posted by fidel1ty View Post
180 lbs of pressure from string tension on a soundboard, year after year, sounds like an awful lot.
I'm not a guitar builder, but I think 180 lbs. on the face of a sound board would instantly shatter the wood.

The force is applied through a very short and very precise lever - the saddle.

That tension is held by the bridge, but that force is nearly in line with the plane of the sound board, and with bracing, it does hold the tension, year after year, with little deformation.

Just my $.02.
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