So on earlier builds I am noticing some bowed necks, wood mainly maple with glued fretboard on top then secured inside the box with blocks.Lately I have been reinforcing the neck with material that runs the inside length of the box then extending about 2.5-3" and haven't seen any bowing problems

Besides appearance and a higher string height across lid,does this slight bowing affect anything else?

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This build has no extension outside of the box for reinforcing, its all inside,my string height Is probably 1/2" at lid top, higher than anticipated, but the neck appears less stressed when strings relaxed

That 1/2" sounds good, that would be a minimum height over top for my instruments. 

Taff

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