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Straight braces 

Does anybody have some experience with braces that are parallel to the grain of the top?
Like so:

What kind of sound can be expected from this kind of bracing?
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jul. 4 2019 9:53:35
Andy Culpepper

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RE: Straight braces (in reply to mango

That is very close to the bracing that I use on most of my Spruce flamencos. It works really well on Spruce with high cross-grain stiffness. I find that that bracing can make for a really nice raspy, gritty voice. In my experience, it doesn't work so well on Cedar tops though. Cedar seems to need a little more support to the sound, otherwise the raspiness can go too far and become brittle. I've tried a small bridge patch, but what works better for me is to just use slightly more fanned bracing on Cedar (which I will also sometimes do on Spruce for a smoother sound).
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jul. 4 2019 12:26:17


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RE: Straight braces (in reply to mango

Thanks for sharing.
That bracing is very similar to the bracing used on my 81 Conde and I saw it on a 76 Conde as well.
At that time the top was quite thin.
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