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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.

X Bracing
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.

X Bracing

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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