Acoustic / electric

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Andy Bounsall
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Acoustic / electric

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I arm wrestled with myself about whether to post this here or in the acoustic section. Finally decided to come here as it's more electric than acoustic...kind of. Anyway, here it is, fresh off the workbench.

Semi-hollow body is roasted ash with a spruce top. Neck and body bindings are curly maple. Fretboard and bridge are rosewood. Undersaddle piezo, endpin jack, and internal preamp are B-Band. The controls are volume, bass, and treble. I'm very pleased with how it plays. The B-Band sounds good except that the output is noticeably quieter on the G string (only). I haven't yet spent any time investigating the reason for this. If anyone has thoughts, I'd welcome suggestions.

Now on to the pics...
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...and a few more of the back...
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Barry Daniels
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Looks good Andy. A weak signal on one string of an under saddle pickup is usually due to a slight gap under the saddle or a slight depression on the bottom of the saddle slot. Normally flattening these surfaces more carefully will cure it.
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Andy that's sweet!

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I really like the way you do your cavity covers.
The rest of the guitar is pretty nice also. :D
I need your help. I can't possibly make all the mistakes myself!

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Thanks all.
Barry, bottom of the saddle is definitely flat. I'll take a close look at the slots see if that's it.

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It can look flat as a pancake, but the fit might be a hair loose under that one string which is enough to kill the volume. The only way to fix it is to flatten the saddle and slot again. This is not something that can be assessed through visual inspection.
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OK, understood Barry. Many thanks.

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Interesting. But do you really need 6 screws to hold the neck on, or did you fashion some sort of neck angle adjustment system? I'm kind of missing some sort of inlay where the soundhole should be. Nice job, though.

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No neck adjustment gimmickry involved. Four screws would be plenty. I preferred the look with 6 screws on this guitar.

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