Torrefied Uncarved Guitar Braces

Torrefied Uncarved Guitar Braces

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Sitka Spruce

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Torrefied Uncarved Guitar Braces

About This Item

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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5.0

Seems to be very good tonewood

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Today i have comparred the torrefied spruce with two other kinds of spruce which was swiss and italien alpine spruce, all splitted by hand, same measurements.

Tonewise the torrefied and the swiss spruce responded very similar when dropped on the floor.
The italien spruce responded on a lower pitch.

Weightwise the torrefied spruce was the lightest of the three.

I have also measured the deflection and the torrefied was the winner again when it comes to stiffness. The torrefied spruce was defelcting only half of what the others did. The swiss and the italian spruce were very close to each other.

Still have to wait for the final result on the ready made guitar but this wood is recommendable for sure, at least for some parts of the guitar. I will have to use it over a period of time to get more familiar with it but i will use it more if it is as good as my feeling tells me.

Also interesting is the smell of that wood. The wood has no resin kind of smell as tipical for spruce. This wood has a nutty smell with a hint of caramel.

So far i like it!

5.0

upgrade for acoustic guitar kits

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Verified Buyer


Last year I built a StewMac 000 guitar with torrefied spruce top and rosewood sides and back. For optimum tone, I chose to make the braces from three pieces of StewMac's torrefied spruce stock rather than use the untreated shaped spruce braces that were provided with the kit. The torrefied spruce stock is perfect and the finished guitar sounds great.

I am now building the Dreadnought kit with mahogany sides and back and torrefied spruce top and once again I have replaced the supplied braces with a set made from three pieces of the torrefied stock.

The untreated spruce braces are of equal quality and may or may not make the guitar sound equally well, but I will not know.

I would suggest that StewMac offer a torrefied brace option with the kits.

5.0

Really impressive piece of wood

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Verified Buyer


This is some very pretty wood, looks old, almost weathered, but not beaten up in any way. Just aged. The grain on the pieces I got were beautifully straight. You'd harder get better lines drawing them in with a square. Straight and tight grain almost perfectly perpendicular to the base. Nice and ringy tones from the blanks before I milled them up. The pieces cut up very easily. I can't wait to hear the finished product.

5.0

Torrefied sitka brace stock

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Verified Buyer


High quality. Torrefaction creates interesting color change. The plank is lighter in weight, and has a bell like ring when tapped.

5.0

Guitar Bracing

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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


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

5.0

Brace wood experience

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Verified Buyer


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.

5.0

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 ).

5.0

I like it

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Verified Buyer


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 105 See Torrefied Uncarved Guitar Braces
on page 105 of our StewMac Digital Catalog