When you are recall the period of the beginning of learning guitar, if you were pursuit the sound feelings and the guitar outside figure? In fact, for the reliable brand, we should go to see the inside world of the guitar body! Bracing, challenge to the guitar sound!
For the guitar, no matter the guitar your got is from purchasing or making the guitar for the factory, usually, the fist consideration issues are about the guitar top, guitar side and back, however, most people ignored the important of the guitar bracing.
Martin, as the leader of the wooden guitars, they are the main imitation for many brand, they even can be as the earliest ancestor of the modern steel string guitar. There are five X bracing:
1）Standard 'X' Non-Scalloped
The traditional X structure appeared on the Martin’s old style basic series, such as D18, D28 and D35. Because of those bracing without scalloped, therefore, the top are heavier, which limited the resonance and the volume in a certain degree, moreover, the player need more power to play it, many people mentioned the tone would be better if the bracing being scalloped, in fact, it is not absolutely. Which can be understanding in the studio recording, the overtone is more stable with no scalloped and no extremely low voice, especially under the environmental of studio recording, you can hardly to hear that buzz sound.
2）Standard 'X' Scalloped
This style is one commonly ‘X’scalloped structure, the biggest different between the basic X structure is it is through cutting and the crossing points of the ‘X’bracing are not connected.
The biggest sound different for the cutting bracing and without cutting ones are the weight, and the cutting one sound voice is bigger and with good resonance, the response sooner and the overtone is more delicate.
The players usually will choose the cutting bracing, because they are no need to hold the guitar with more power to play.
Besides the above two styles of bracing, they also can allocated to X Standard，X Forward Shifted or X Rear Shifted.
The distance of the crossing point of the X Standard with the sound hole is 1.5”, which offer the average tone, no matter for the high sound or the low sound.（D28, D41，00042）。
The distance of the crossing point of the X Standard with the sound hole is 1”, then there are more space for the bottom guitar, then there are lower voice.
But if the distance of the crossing point of the X Standard with the sound hole is 1.75”, then the guitar bottom body is tighter and the sound is more penetrating power and with less lower sound.
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