Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

A quick look at Martin Guitar Truss Rods

Martin Guitar Truss Rods
© Frank Ford, 9/28/98; Photos by FF, 9/11/98

I just noticed today that I had an interesting photo opportunity. We have several Martin guitar necks out of their bodies for repair, and there is one of each type of neck reinforcement so I can show them to you.

The earliest Martins had no neck reinforcement:

This one was made in 1887. The neck was carved from a single piece of Spanish cedar and it has remained strong and stable because the workmanship and materials were top quality. In those days, Martin made only gut strung guitars. The low tension of gut strings is not likely to bend a...

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