Tongue Brace?

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Tongue Brace?

Postby Tenbrooks » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:03 am

Does Dana use a tongue brace on his dreadnaught guitar soundboards?

I watched a video of him shaving the braces on a standard braced dread top. It did not show a tongue brace and he commented that for "standard" bracing only the bass side is scalloped. I believe that the Banjo Killer bracing utilizes scalloping of both bass and treble side braces.

BTW, the video can be viewed on the Eddies Guitar site under Acoustic Guitars / Bourgeois.

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Re: Tongue Brace?

Postby Ryan at Bourgeois » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:00 am

Hi Bryce,

Bourgeois guitars do not have tongue braces in the traditional sense, as seen in Martin or in Collings guitars. However, our neck joint design has it's own re-enforcement at the tongue of the fretboard, so a popsicle brace would serve no purpose in our design.

It is also true that for dreadnoughts, our "standard bracing" only scallops the bass side of the X bracing for better balance. We do offer double scalloped bracing (which we call "banjo killer" bracing) as an option also. The "Banjo Killer" model does scallop both sides.

Let me know if you have any other questions

Ryan Fitzsimmons
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