Category - Guitar Bracing

We cover the different types of bracing found in classical guitars and acoustic guitar, their history of the bracing pattern and purpose.

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Scalloped Bracing
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Wood Brace Unit Stresses
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Wood Brace Deflection
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Brace Strength Analysis
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Bracing the Backplate

Scalloped Bracing

If you have been around the acoustic guitar community for very long you have no doubt heard of scalloped bracing. Brace scalloping is usually a topic of lively discussion between luthiers. Some swear by it and some swear at it. Personally I fee that it lends itself to producing a fine-sounding instrument. Brace Scalloping –[…]

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Wood Brace Unit Stresses

Wood braces on a guitar top or back plate act in a similar manner to those wood beams that support the floor of your house or roof. We are just working on a much smaller scale. Proportionally though, the bracing for a guitar top plate takes much more stress than that of the home structure. Everything has to be perfectly made and installed to work properly. In addition to that, different kinds of brace wood give you different units of strength. We explore those units in this technical article on guitar brace strength.

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Wood Brace Deflection

Deflection in bracing is similar to the deflection that we experience every day in the floors of our homes and office. You may not be able to see it clearly or feel it, but rest assured, it is there. The about of deflection is the actual amount of bend that your braces will experience as you apply tension on them from the strings. Find out how to minimize this deflection in this article.

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Brace Strength Analysis

In this article we will be making an analysis of the strength of wood and how it relates to brace dimensions and structural integrity. We will be using some structural engineering formulas to some degree, so it may come a bit confusing, but hang in there. Since my background is in architectural and structural engineering,[…]

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Bracing the Backplate

Bracing the back plate is much like bracing the soundboard, there are several differences that should be highlighted in this blog. Firs,t the back braces are almost always arched and when the GoBoard gluing jig is used, an arch mold conforming to the back arch should be used as an insert into the GoBoard Jig.[…]

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