43cm long soundboard

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Fernando Esteves
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43cm long soundboard

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Hello!
I bought a nice Libanese Cedar top from a brazilian seller like 15 years ago. Today I was arranging things up and saw it and thought it was a bit small, I measure it and it's only 43.5cm long (17") by 22 cm wide (8.5"). I remember telling it was supposed to be to an acoustic guitar and I knew very little at the time, think he took advantage of it.

Does it fits any acoustic guitar or thing like that? So far I can only think Ukulele or Cavaquinho, perhaps even a one piece top. Even de Martin 0 size is bigger than thar (have the plan for 12 fret).

I don't want to loose it, it's good wood, perhaps I won't use it, but can find someone who would or even a good use for me.
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A quick look in Evans & Evans suggests that you're going to be looking at 'historical' instruments. There's a Stauffer 'Legnani' model with the box that length; the lower bout is 30 cm wide.
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The problem isn't the width, it's good for steel string, but it's shorter than any guitar I know
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I made an Irish bouzouki for my first acoustic instrument, because the Douglas fir floorboard I resawed was too short and narrow for a guitar, so that's a possibility.
Here's the link:
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Very buildful! It's a cousin of bandolin, right? You nailed the soundhole size, it looks right in place with the body
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That size would work for a requinto.
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Marshall Dixon wrote: Sun May 29, 2022 11:07 am That size would work for a requinto.
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Peter Wilcox wrote: Sat May 28, 2022 6:36 pm I made an Irish bouzouki for my first acoustic instrument, because the Douglas fir floorboard I resawed was too short and narrow for a guitar, so that's a possibility.
Here's the link:
http://www.mimf.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1821
That's fantastic! Crafting an Irish bouzouki from a Douglas fir floorboard sounds like a unique and creative endeavor. It's amazing how limitations can lead to unexpected opportunities. I'd love to hear more about your process and how the instrument turned out!
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