She just arrived, in perfect condition. She's absolutely GORGEOUS !!!!
Yes! This is the same thing I was thinking. I started incorporating this recently in some of the soundboard braces too. I hadn't seen it before either. I like what it does, so I will continue utilizing this technique. Of course, just when I thought I was on to something new, I visited notable steel string builder Kevin Ryan's shop and saw that he was doing this in his large x-brace structures. Not only did he beat me to the punch, his design is super cool because he uses a laser cnc to cut the holes out in groovy shapes. Darn it! I want one of those things!Dave M wrote: ↑Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:19 pmI got round to listening this guitar being played tonight - and it does indeed sound very nice.
I also noticed that Jason has drilled holes in the back braces. (don't know about the top ones). This struck a chord with me since it is so often done on structural beams in buildings. The strength/stiffness is required at the position well away from the neutral axis of the beam. So removing material from the central region is not going to reduce the stiffness by much.
This looks like an opportunity to reduce mass without reducing stiffness, which should be useful in top bracing, given that we are looking for low mass and high stiffness in the top structure.. Yet it is not done as far as I have seen. Am I missing something?