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Bracewood, Back

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Preshaped brace set
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Guitar showing bracewood & back reinforcement.

PRESHAPED BRACES
Our preshaped brace kits are made to match 3 specific LMI plans: PL48, PL34, and PL29. They could also be used for generic guitars similar to our plans. The braces are shaped from quartersawn vertical grain Sitka Spruce. The bottom of the braces are flat and they need to be cut to length, after which they can easily be contoured to your desired back and soundboard radius using a radiused dish and sandpaper (SPH50). The braces are not scalloped. We feel the builder should scallop the braces while tapping the top until the ideal taptone is achieved.

See  Preshaped Braces included in each kit:


See LMI plans: PL48, PL34, PL29
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BRACEWOOD STOCK
Bracewood is becoming harder to get as wood in general becomes scarcer. Mills are attempting to get the highest yields possible from their logs and/or billets meaning that there is less fall down from which to create bracewood. As a result the quality of bracewood suffers – it won’t be perfectly quartersawn, the grain may not be straight the full length of the piece, there may be small defects and the grain could be wider than one is accustomed to. This is an industry wide phenomenon and is outside of our control.

That being said, LMI strives to obtain the best brace stock available. You can save money by buying 2nd grade material and working around the defects. Bracewood might be downgraded for any one or more of the following reasons: small knots, wide grain, slightly off quarter, pitch pockets. When buying second grade, consider purchasing one extra piece so there is no danger of running short due to working around defects.
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Also see our Brace Sander.


SKU Product Name In Stock Each 6+  
BWES Bracewood, Engelmann Spruce Yes $6.30 $5.60
BWES2 Bracewood, Engelmann Spruce, 2nd grade Yes $4.95 $4.40
WBG Bracewood, German Spruce Yes $11.45 N/A
BWKH Bracewood, Khaya Yes $9.60 $8.54
BWKH2 Bracewood, Khaya, 2nd grade Yes $7.58 $6.75
BWHM Bracewood, Mahogany
Yes $11.85 N/A
BWHM2 Bracewood, Mahogany, 2nd grade
Yes $9.36 N/A
BWSA Bracewood, Sapele Yes $7.50 $6.70
BWSA2 Bracewood, Sapele, 2nd grade Yes $5.93 $5.27
BWSS1 Bracewood, Sitka Spruce Yes $5.45 $4.85
BWSC Bracewood, Spanish Cedar
Yes $9.86 N/A
WBSC2 Bracewood, Spanish Cedar, 2nd grade
Yes $4.95 N/A
WBC Bracewood, Western Redcedar Yes $6.30 $5.60
WBC2 Bracewood, Western Redcedar, 2nd grade Yes $4.98 $4.43

Sitka Spruce or Mahogany are common choices for bracing the back