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#1 posted 08-04-2012 01:54 AM

the brightness(tone) is dependent upon the soundboard (top) and the bracing that is used. the sides and body mainly serve as an echo chamber to project the sound back out the sound hole, and the material used for them is less impactful on the overall sound. hopefully a more knowledgble luthier will correct that if i’m wrong, but that’s how i understood it from the books i read. spruce is supposed to be the best choice for a top, specifically sitka or engelman spruce. i’ve also heard cedar or mahogany will work too.

i found a video on youtube of a guitar builder that swears by using tube steel instead of a truss rod. i used his technique. on the top of the neck, i routed out a 3/8×3/8 dado, and then epoxied a piece of 3×8 steel tubing into it. you have to make sure that the steel is flush with the neck, because the fretboard goes over the top it and you don’t want a hollow spot. it seemed to have worked just fine. it’s rock solid, but you can’t adjust it.

thanks for the compliments. i’ve got 2 others that are half built in my shop, but they got shelved because of some furniture commissions i picked up. i don’t think i’ll be able to finish them any time soon. so, if you’re serious about building your own guitar, i’ll let you borrow my luthier tools.

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