Here's where I am with the neck/headstock of the current instrument. The end profile on the H/S is a variation on my now-established theme (I'm not sure if it comes close to that of any other maker) but I think it works well and I'm going to stick with it. I use a drill, coping saw and chisel to cut the slots - a satisfying process but it demands time and care to get it right! I like the ebony veneer - it'll be interesting to see how it works aesthetically with the rest of th
This latest cedar top has bracing that follows closely that of the instruments made by the great Daniel Friederich. I've omitted a transverse bar that would lie under the front edge of the bridge as I couldn't see that it would add anything to the acoustic qualities of the top, other than to add weight (the bridge itself acts as a transverse brace). It is stil a very tight, stiff structure - more so than my usual tops and it'll be interesting to hear how it performs.