Hello fellow guitarists,
I am excited to present you with the new and limited edition SD1-X.
The SD1-X is specially created to commemorate our 5th anniversary from the day we opened our doors in 2004.
The SD1-X is an upgraded version of the existing SD1, featuring a scalloped bracing system found only in our higher-priced models.
There are only a hundred pieces available, so come get yours. Strictly while stocks last!
WHAT IS A ‘SCALLOPED’ BRACING?
In the event that someone reading this announcement might wonder what is this whole ‘scalloped’ bracing fuss is about, I shall take a moment to further elaborate.
First we need to know what guitar bracings are. Guitar bracings perform two very different functions; to strengthen the top while still allowing it to vibrate sufficiently to produce a good tone. A thin top without bracings would just buckle under the tension of the strings. A thick top that is thick enough to do without bracings would not vibrate enough and will just have a thin tone and poor projection.
So the best of both worlds is to have a thin top with bracings.
Bracings play a major role in determining the tone of your guitar as well. The placement, the pattern, physical shape of the bracings all affect the final voicing and tone of the instrument as much as the actual tone-wood itself. Taylor Guitar’s distinctive voicing is heavily influenced by their bracing patterns, likewise, vintage Martin guitars are highly prized for their forward shifted, scalloped X-bracings.
Majority of steel-string dreadnoughts spot the ‘X’ pattern bracings which was originally developed by C.F Martin back in the 1850′s. This pattern provides strength and a well-balanced tonal palette that appeals to most.
Pre-war Martins have a bracing pattern that many enthusiasts believe to be the best. This ‘holy grail’ of bracing-patterns is basically a forward-shifted, scalloped X-bracing. The ‘scalloping’ refers to wood being selectively removed from certain areas on the braces to weaken the top enough to allow it to vibrate freely without weakening it so much that it becomes structurally unsound.
And now we are featuring the same, famed scalloped X-bracings on our SD1 models.
The scalloped X-bracing gives the SD1-X a lot more clarity and definition, it is also audibly louder and more resonant. Perhaps the most obvious difference is in the added low-end response, and the guitar sounds much fuller and has more ‘body’.
Don’t just take my word for it, come down and try it for yourselves.