" I second what Scott stated. Steve has very clean work as good as Elena dal Cortiva's flat roses.
Before all of you spin yourself in circles about parchment , try it on good weight water color paper. Larry Brown , John Rollins and…"
"Hans, most early six string guitars have very little bracing compared to modern instruments. Most often one will see three or four transverse braces, occassionally one at an angle. In general, only the Spanish and Panormo instruments had fan brace…"
"Baroque guitars are minimally braced compared to the lute in your photo. Some have three transverse, one either side of soundhole, one near bridge. Maybe a couple small tone bars like in the lute photo. And some have no braces at all below the sound…"
"Yeah, I'll say! They are not scalloped at all. Plus the pattern is a simplified Torres-style more suitable to classical guitar brace pattern. I call this pattern the cow-catcher pattern because to me it looks like you're looking at a steam…"
Sorry for coming so late. If you mean this particular thread: http://earlyguitar.ning.com/photo/fabricatore-in-pieces?context=user (can't think of any other one ...), where I did express my doubts, not about the Fabricatore guitar but the presence of such diagonal braces in some surviving baroque guitars which are indeed not original. The diagonal brace in your Fabricatore, however, looks original to me: a few Fabricatore guitars (I suppose of different makers sharing the same name) that I came across with all had similar bracing patterns. I'm far from being an expert on them though! The only difference I can see with your guitar is the lack of paper that would cover all the internal surfaces of both the back and sides. To me this feature looks like the most mediocre one that I have encountered in early guitars (i.e. totally counter-intuitive from acoustical point of view), although not that uncommon in 19th century Neapolitan mandolins as well as in some Franciolini's 'fakes', so they didn't seem to mind.