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X-Bracing

Postby (crisp) » Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:03 pm

I have come to understand that Vintage Rickenbackers utilized "X-Bracing" on their guitars. The 360c63 seems to use it as well.

What sort of bracing does Rickenbacker use these days? What is the rationale behind the change? Any idea when it was implemented?

I am very curious is to if my Carl Wilson had the X-Bracing. The top was extremely resonant and felt much thinner than my 2004-2006 Rickenbackers.

I appreciate any insight.
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Re: X-Bracing

Postby (collin) » Wed Apr 08, 2020 1:14 am

From what I understand, the Carl Wilson models have a thin top but modern bracing (not X-bracing).

I don’t have images available to explain the difference but it’s significantly different. The modern style is likely stronger and therefore less prone to issues, but the x-bracing is a big part of the sound of vintage Ricks. That’s why the X-bracing was reintroduced for the C-series instruments.
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Re: X-Bracing

Postby (sloop_john_b) » Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:54 pm

collin wrote:From what I understand, the Carl Wilson models have a thin top but modern bracing (not X-bracing).


This was my understanding as well. The CW does have a slightly thinner top than other modern Ricks but not quite the 1/8" tops common from 1966 to 1968 (they varied).
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Re: X-Bracing

Postby (libratune) » Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:04 pm

This is the interior of an X-braced 1966 360-12 (courtesy of Mark Arnquist):
Arnquist X-Braced 360-12 1966.jpg


This is the interior of current 360 construction:
Rick CNC internal 360.jpg
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Re: X-Bracing

Postby (libratune) » Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:09 pm

Current RIC production models with X-bracing are 360/12C63, 360C63 (ltd ed) and 1993 Plus.
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Re: X-Bracing

Postby (crisp) » Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:46 pm

Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. I did not suspect the 1993 Plus had the X-Bracing as well. Great picture examples as well.
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