Was a serious question. Would make voicing the top a piece of cake in comparison.Chris Sobel wrote: ↑Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:01 amSteveL123 wrote: ↑Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:43 pmBy "making the lattice off the top", did you mean to put the lattice bracing on the outside? That's really thinking outside the box. It would look radical. Would also require a tall saddle.Alan Carruth wrote: ↑Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:11 pmIt is virtually impossible to make any significant change in the voice of one of those things by re-working the lattice once it's together. CF is odd stuff; you can cut the layup with a knife in many cases, but it's very difficult to machine, slow to sand, and can't be worked with anything like a hand plane that you'd use for voicing of wooden top braces. The two approaches I've heard about that work are to add mass in selected spots (found by experiment) on the top, or restrict the vibrating area of the top by blocking off areas around the edge.
I've often thought that a lot of these issues could be addressed by making the lattice off the top. It would be fairly simple to add stiffness, and even take a bit off if need be, and you could test the lattice to see whether it was 'right'. You could not, of course, hear the guitar at that stage, but by comparing readings on lattices you should be able to figure out what worked and what didn't, and refine things. A bonus would be that the lattice itself could be made fairly clean, and you would not mess it up much, if at all, gluing it to the top. The drawback, of course, would be that you'd be starting in pretty much at the beginning of the development cycle, so it could take a while for this approach to pay off. OTOH, once you got it, you'd have it.