Pity no-one has info on this – obviously a very obscure maker. Or perhaps I’m just getting old and it was too long ago
Anyway, I thought that before doing too much work on it I’d put some frets on, rough out a nut and saddle and string it up. Firstly to get an idea of what it sounds like, and secondly to see if it would hold together (it’s been unfretted and unstrung for the last twenty years or so). Actually it sounds rather good, lots of volume, rather bright (perhaps a bit too bright for my taste) and it hasn’t fallen apart yet
I have a couple of questions about the way it has been put together which I’m hoping someone may have some experience of, and can comment on from a structural point of view.
1) I mentioned above the six fan braces, three either side symmetrically, with no central fan brace, no bridge plate or bridge bar. Instead there is a thin bracing plate running below the centre seam from the end block to the lower harmonic brace. It’s similar to the back centre seam brace, but much smaller.
Q. Has anyone come across this type of bracing before, and is there anything in its favour?
2) You can see from the photo that the last fret is back from the soundhole. At first glance I thought there were only eighteen frets, but actually there are nineteen, and the soundhole is further down the body.
Q. Given the odd places you see some soundholes these days, could this be an option for someone who wanted twenty frets? What are the downsides to moving the soundhole down the body a bit?
In anticipation as always
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