This is a blog about designing and building a small body archtop. Plenty of hand work and quiet on one of these.
This photo shows the relation between a 17in archie, my new 13in and a mandolin.
Making new arch patterns
Where the patterns sit on the top. When each pattern arch fits, I connect the dots.
Body in the mold
Carved top & back
The insides are bored to a depth, thicker in the center, diminishing towards the recurve at the edges. The thin edge is meant to allow the top & back act like a speaker cone and allow the chamber to push air.
Parts well advanced
The ever versatile tailvise
Ready to play. The pickup is attached to the fingerboard and suspended over the body.
-- Bill... "You have to wear a hat if you want to be in the band." Steve Earl