Double-tops and lattice for OTHER THAN classicals?

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David Norton
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Double-tops and lattice for OTHER THAN classicals?

Post by David Norton » Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:28 am

I'm curious about something: Have either/both of the techniques of double-tops and/or lattice bracing made any measurable headway to other realms of luthiery, beyond the Classical sphere? What about sound ports or elevated fingerboards? Are there lattice flamenco guitars, or doubletop lutes, or ukes, or even soundported dreadnaught or OM type steel strings? I'd expect there'd naturally be SOME experimentation, but have any of these modern CG luthiery designs crossed elsewhere to a real degree?
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Re: Double-tops and lattice for OTHER THAN classicals?

Post by jim watts » Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:02 am

Most definitely! Back before I became enamored with the classical guitar I was incorporating double tops, sound ports and various forms of lattice bracing in my steel string guitars and the elevated fingerboard is standard on archtop guitars. Many other builders have done this too.

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Re: Double-tops and lattice for OTHER THAN classicals?

Post by UKsteve » Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:18 am

I have a Nigel Forster steel string that has a latice top and heavily laminated sides.
Given that steel strings naturally have more sustain than nylons, this thing sustains for years.

http://www.nkforsterguitars.com

Soundports are now common on steel-strings.

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Re: Double-tops and lattice for OTHER THAN classicals?

Post by Trevor Gore » Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:04 pm

David_Norton wrote:
Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:28 am
I'm curious about something: Have either/both of the techniques of double-tops and/or lattice bracing made any measurable headway to other realms of luthiery, beyond the Classical sphere? What about sound ports or elevated fingerboards? Are there lattice flamenco guitars, or doubletop lutes, or ukes, or even soundported dreadnaught or OM type steel strings? I'd expect there'd naturally be SOME experimentation, but have any of these modern CG luthiery designs crossed elsewhere to a real degree?
For a lattice top, sound port and a few other non-standard features, you might like to check this one out. Design and build techniques cross over so quickly it's hard to know where they started.

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Re: Double-tops and lattice for OTHER THAN classicals?

Post by Intune » Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:04 am

Randy Reynolds has built double-top flamencos, I believe, and Gary Lee built my friend a double-top Puerto Rican cuatro.
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Re: Double-tops and lattice for OTHER THAN classicals?

Post by Emil Krasich » Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:12 am

Faruk Turunz builds double top ouds so that's definitely something other than guitar. They sound quite nice too.

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Re: Double-tops and lattice for OTHER THAN classicals?

Post by Frederich » Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:23 am

I am working on an all-wood DT acoustic prototype. Here’s the finished top.
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Re: Double-tops and lattice for OTHER THAN classicals?

Post by iim7V7IM7 » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:03 pm

Archtop Guitar: Steve Andersen
http://www.andersenguitars.com/model/double-top/

Steel String Flat Top: John Buscarino
https://www.buscarinoguitars.com/the-rhapsody
2015 - John Buscarino, 650 mm, Carpathian Spruce/Honduran Rosewood
2014 - Peter Oberg, 640 mm, Western Red Cedar/Black Cherry

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