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Shaped Dreadnought Brace Sets

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Precision-shaped spruce! Quartersawn braces with bottom curvature for Dreadnought. Accurately shaped and sanded by machine to save you hours of work.

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Shaped Dreadnought Brace Sets
  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
4634 Complete top and back sets SAVE $5.00 Yes
3 or more $34.95  

4632 Soundboard braces Yes
3 or more $21.98  

4633 Back braces Yes
3 or more $18.43  

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The soundboard braces are accurately shaped to a 28-foot radius. Click for larger photos and you'll see the subtle curves and tapers are already there. The back brace set has a 20-foot radius and includes five flat cross-grain spruce center strips.

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Shaped Dreadnought Brace Sets
Shaped Dreadnought Brace Sets
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5 8-06-2013
Love these

Oh what a time saver these are, but I really need to make my own, yes lazy I know.

David Vicars  Texas Read my reviews (11)
5 6-27-2013
Saves me ages

These do save me ages. It would be nice if the design was modified so that the X braces fitted together more elegantly, say, with a glued-on top piece as the two separately arched profiles cannot match perfectly.

KevinA  Cyprus Read my reviews (4)
5 5-03-2013
like the braces

braces have nice shape. wood looks good clean with no week spots

kdscmb  fl Read my reviews (4)
5 1-27-2013
Major Time Saver

Well worth the money. On OM/000 size instruments I remove quite a lot of material but still come out well ahead of the time/drudgery curve compared to working from a brace billet.

Bill Meyer/Jack Straw Guitars  Prescott, Arizona Read my reviews (5)
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5 5-10-2012

Got my spruce back brace kit through and very happy. Good quality wood and nicely shaped.

CA Guitarworks  UK Read my reviews (9)
3 4-25-2012
X brace set

I liked every thing about the set but the x brace the profiled side make it a bad lap joint it wold be a beter joint if the sided were square so you could get a tight fit

5 8-07-2011
Shaped braces sets

I received my order within 3 days of ordering. Excellent. The braces were perfectly shaped. It is bit costly due to the exchange rate and the shipping, but I used the set as a mould to shape and carve my own sets using the spruce brace block also from Stwewmac, especially the bottom curvature that could be tricky. Thanks


Topan  Malaysia
5 6-23-2011
Back Braces for Acoustic Dreadnought

I have to tell you, I was pleasantly surprised how nice these braces were. I was expecting to have to do a lot of refining work, but ended up doing only a little. What a time saver .... it has my vote!
Thanks .... JC

Silverstrings  Bogart, GA Read my reviews (4)
4 3-25-2011
Soundboard braces

Thank you Stew-mac for your great service and quality guitar parts the back braces are first class and time saving a wonderful product. The only small thing i would like to see improved is the top braces the X- brace cross over would be perfect if left flat to get a nice tight joint but apart from that they are great value for money i hope Stew-mac are always around you are the best.
Best wishes

Philip murphy  Northern Ireland
4 1-06-2011
Great product

A really great timesaver but like Capu, I would like to see the x-braces squared at the intersection. I would still use them though.

Gerry A.  Australia Read my reviews (4)
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