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by james inkster
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Small (very) acoustic archtop design questions
Replies: 15
Views: 4606

Re: Small (very) acoustic archtop design questions

Great, thanks again for all the feedback folks.
I'm sure I'll have lots more questions soon :)
by james inkster
Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Small (very) acoustic archtop design questions
Replies: 15
Views: 4606

Re: Small (very) acoustic archtop design questions

An archtop has a 3" tail but the back and top arches add another inch and one half for a total of 4-1/2" and the bridge adds another 3/4". But I am not trying to be argumentative. If the thin archtop works for you then go for it. Yes, I really do understand that (I have an archtop guitar :) ) and I...
by james inkster
Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Small (very) acoustic archtop design questions
Replies: 15
Views: 4606

Re: Small (very) acoustic archtop design questions

Just remember that even though the archtop tail is rather thin, the distance from the high points on the top and the back is not any thinner than a dreadnaught due to the arched plates. Yup, for sure. But to get my point, grab an archtop guitar with a ~3" tail height and place your hand at the brid...
by james inkster
Tue Dec 03, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Small (very) acoustic archtop design questions
Replies: 15
Views: 4606

Re: Small (very) acoustic archtop design questions

My GOM plan is essentially a 14.5" wide and 2.5" side depth archtop guitar. I built to a 23.5" scale length. So far I have completed two octave mandolins (8 strings, 4 courses) and one guitar. The guitar uses the 23.5" scale length and a standard 1.680" nut width. Has a great sound and plenty of vo...
by james inkster
Tue Dec 03, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Small (very) acoustic archtop design questions
Replies: 15
Views: 4606

Re: Small (very) acoustic archtop design questions

Wow, thanks for all the great replies. I will definitely not discount the wedge, as I know it was designed for shoulder issues (though not necessarily the same shoulder issues..). I had previously done some tests trying to emulate how the wedge would feel using my flattops and it didn't seem to help...
by james inkster
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Small (very) acoustic archtop design questions
Replies: 15
Views: 4606

Small (very) acoustic archtop design questions

Hello! I'm embarking on building myself a small acoustic archtop guitar, out of necessity. I was an avid guitar player until about 5 years ago, when I had major reconstructive surgery on my right shoulder. Since then I haven't been able to play guitar for more than a few minutes without causing days...