|Cross Brace or X-Brace noun \ˈkrȯs ˈbrās, ˈeks ˈbrās\
00:38The "X-Brace" or "Cross Brace," is the major component of the steel string guitar's top bracing system, developed by Martin in the 1840s. It gets its name because the major braces in this design intersect to form the letter "x," or a cross.
This famous bracing system carries the load of the string tension and maintains the stability of the top while allowing the top to be flexible to vibrate freely.
More than 150 years after its introduction by Martin, X-Bracing has become the standard bracing system for steel string flat top guitars.
Also See: Fan Brace
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