Black Mariah Posted October 21, 2005 Report Share Posted October 21, 2005 The Myka Dragonfly has inspired me. I want to build a smallish (about the same size as a Jackson Jazz'R) archtop with full jazz box appointments (excluding binding and inlays, like the Dragonfly). Definitely not the kind of guitar you see a metalhead with onstage, but then again I'm not most metalheads. I'm planning on building a prototype before I move on to the large droppage of coin. For this I'll just use some pine to create the sides and back. Probably carve the top out of pine too just for the hell of it. Nothing special, just some practice. Now finally the questions. Since my primary concern at this time, unfortunately, is cost, what are the drawbacks of using a bent top instead of a carved top? I know I can save a significant amount of money by using thinner wood. Is there a good demonstration somewhere of the technique used to bend tops? Second, and I know this is a derp of a question, but what's the deal with the tailpiece? How does it attach to the body? DOES IT attach to the body? I know it's dumb, but I've never seen an article on archtop building that's covered the tailpiece details and I've never had a decent archtop in my hands. I'm sure I'll have some other questions but that's it for now. Thanks for any info. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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