NAMM 2013: New Boulder Creek Acoustic Guitars - VIDEO

Published 10 years ago on February 11, 2013

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Guitar Interactive headed over to the Boulder Creek stand atNAMM 2013 to find out more about their revolutionary new bracingsystem for acoustic guitar tops and to get the lowdown on their newproducts for 2013. Watch the video below.



Suspended Bracing System (SBS)

Many years ago a designer decided that there must be a betterway to brace the soundboard of a guitar to allow more vibration andyet keep the strength and stability of the guitar top. It seemedthat if the bridge could be secured without using traditionalX-type wood bracing, the top would vibrate more freely. This wouldallow greater sustain, volume, and an overall richer tone.

The "Suspended Bracing System" (patent pending) was developed byMike Shellhammer in conjunction with Morgan Hill Music in theSilicon Valley. By using less points of contact and less bracingaround the bridge area, the guitar top vibrates freely butmaintains its strength and stability. The exclusive aluminum tonebars allow the top to vibrate up and down, but not flex when stringtension is applied. The aluminum bars secure the bridge but aresuspended 1/2 inch below the top to avoid dampening the vibration.The bars are then attached at each end of the soundboard to securethe bridge.

The "SBS" system is simply a better way to brace a guitar. Thetone, balance, and additional sustain are the results. Don'tcompare the sound of a Boulder Creek guitar with the sound of otherguitars in the same price range. It's not fair to the otherguitars.

Patent pending.

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