Local Flavor: Tunbridge World's Fair

Family will always drag you to the Fair whether you're worn-out or not, so the smart man will comply and head to the Tunbridge World's Fair when the group decision has been made -- even if it is 88F degrees and humid. There's always fries, ice cream, and tractor pulls, right? When the girls are older I'll get them to suffer through John Deer and Fords yanking random grading equipment around!

Workshop: Scalloped Bracing Changes

This is the same '71 D-28 that I worked on recently, but since then a fellow has purchased it and had me scallop the braces through the soundhole. I also reset the neck, too. While you can remove material through the hole and get a pretty decent look to the modified braces, the finished work is never as gorgeous as if you yanked the back off to do it up fancy. I dug-in most on the two tonebars and then took a gentler amount of material off the main braces as they have a straight taper that gets fairly slim at the end to begin with.

The results? It's more robust in the lower-mids and bass but still has a lot of good punch and clarity on the high-end and upper-mids. To my ears it sounds like a good '50s Martin. I apologize for woofing the mic a bit, too, as I rocked the guitar back and forth. If I'd gone nutty and cut more back, we could've steered it into more of the '30s sound... but I think structural safety and "good resolution" to the sound is a must on a regular-picker guitar.