Hello, Just looking to gather as much information about bracing and the tonal impact the various approaches can have on a guitar sound. This is my first build, so I want to keep it simple. However, a little bit of learning never hurt. From what I've read so far (and please correct me if I'm wrong); 1. Straight braces = less bass, brighter sound 2. Scalloped braces = more bass, less brights 3. Rear shifted = more balanced, louder 4. Forward shifted = more bass Of course, these are all relative to each piece of tonewood. I played a Martin D28 HD-V the other day and it had great tones throughout the frequency range. The bass was clear as day, no tones were muddled. I was very impressed it just sounded amazing. That being said, I had played "lesser" D28 HD-V before. Would love to hear everyone's take on bracing and how to approach bracing from a tonal perspective. Thanks, Julien P.S. I'm a big fan of the smooth sound coming from White/Rice's D28, but realize that much of that has to do with TR himself.