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X-Bracing

Invented by Martin

X-BRACING: THE LETTER THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING

Learn about the legendary origins of X-bracing, how it changed the way guitars are made and why it continues to dominate. 

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THE FIRST OF COUNTLESS
X-BRACES

Number one of over 2,000,000 X-braced guitars we manufactured. The first one was crafted in 1843 for Madame De Goni, a virtuoso player at the time. It also pointed the way toward the standard American flat top acoustic guitar known today.

SCIENCE BEHIND THE SOUND

Tone isn’t as subjective as you may think. Modal sound testing scientifically shows that an X-braced guitar creates richer sound.


FIND OR DESIGN YOUR X-BRACED GUITAR

There’s no doubt X-bracing is one of the key components that give Martin guitars a distinctive, beautiful sound. Shop for an X-braced guitar. Or, design one from scratch in our custom shop.

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