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Torrefied Uncarved Guitar Braces

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Sitka Spruce

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Torrefied Uncarved Guitar Braces

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Uncarved torrefied Sitka spruce for shaping your own guitar braces.

Sold per piece; three pieces will yield a set of Dreadnought guitar top and back braces.

Approximately 20" x 2" x 3/4"
(508mm x 50mm x 19mm)

About torrefied wood
It takes years for a new guitar to break in, to develop its tone and realize its full potential. As tonewood ages, its cell structure goes through changes, becoming much more resonant and responsive. After a few years, you get the payoff: you begin to hear the sound of a vintage guitar.

With the introduction of torrefied woods, professional builders are giving their guitars a head start on tone. The wood is heat-treated in an oxygen-free kiln, making it highly resonant and extremely stable. It's as if the wood is pre-aged. It looks and sounds like wood that's been broken in for many years.


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Guitar Bracing

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Ordered this to make the bracing for an Acoustic Dreadnought that I am currently building. Since I had ordered the Sitka Spruce Torrefied Soundboard, I wanted to also used the appropriate bracing. So, will make the top & back braces from it. The wood is nicely patterned & easy to work. Hopefully, it will make a difference in how the guitar sounds....

5.0

Very nice

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Looks like ceder, more brittle than regular spruce, but the tap tone is clearer. Really nice one.

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Brace wood experience

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The wood was great to work with. When carving the braces, i found that the wood is more brittle than untreated sitka spruce. It sands a lot faster that none treated wood. I haven't finished the guitar yet so I don't know how it will work out.

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Very nice - I like

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I agree with JMonk's review - very light, stable, has a nice "knock" to it, very solid.. I purchased 10 sticks of this and only one had run out that was a bit wild to prevent it from being used a full length X - but still totally usable for the transverse brace or tone bars. Surprisingly, has an almost nutty cedar odor to it when you are shaping it. Has a very "crisp" note to the sound of the chisel going through the wood. I'll be ordering more of this. Gives me the confidence that the braces are less likely to deform over time ( provided they are sized correctly for the scale length ).

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I like it

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It's pretty much what I expected. It has the lighter feel of old wood and certainly looks like older wood. I found I had to be a bit more delicate when shaping the braces. It can be a bit brittle.
I did glue a test piece to some spruce with fish glue and it's solid as a rock.
Can't wait to hear how it sounds.



StewMac PDF Catalog, page 81 See Torrefied Uncarved Guitar Braces
on page 81 of our StewMac Digital Catalog