Forward Shifted X Bracing
I keep seeing how guitar makers are revamping the prewar style of
building, and they are shifting the top X-bracing towards the sound hole.
What are some advantages and disadvantages of this?
The way I understand the story is...
The collectors dream guitar is a pre-war Martin. These are guitars made
before WWII. Back then, Martin had the X brace, which is behind the front
of the guitar, closer to the sound hole. This gave the guitars a
distinctive sound. The problem was, because there was less bracing under
the belly of the guitar, over time the belly would poke out from the pull of the
strings on the bridge which wasn't always a bad thing but customers looked at it
as a defect. Martin then moved the X brace back towards the belly a little
to prevent this from happening but doing this changed the tone of the guitars,
not to say that newer Martin guitars sound bad. Because so many guitarists
want these old guitars and there aren't that many to go around or they're too
expensive, Martin has come out with a "Vintage Series" where they have
gone back to the old pre-war style. I've played a few of these. They
sound great. Hopefully someday I'll be able to try an original old pre-war
Martin to see what it's all about.
Bob, Gman ( o )==#
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