Maduro all wood box, top(thick), or bottom (thin) for sound board? Effect of short vs long scale length on tone

next Project is a 4 string cbg with short,(23 inch,) scale.  Coudn't find a dove-tail sides box, so using a maduro.  I play and like small,3/4 guitars so I thought a 23 inch  scale made sense.  I read somewhere that shorter scale can have a bad effect  on tone. I thought someone might know what I can expect.  The Maduro box top is pretty thick, while the bottom is thin.  I thought it might due to try inverting the box to use the thinner bottom for the sound board, maybr adding a little inner bracing under the bridge.  mY THINKING IS TO TRY AND GET AS MUCH VIBRATION GOING AS i CAN  WITH SUCH A SMALL BOX.  i THOUGHT MAYBE SOUND HOLES AT THE SIDES INSTEAD OF  THE TOP, LIKE SOME EXOTIC GUITARS I;VE SEEN, MIGHT SERVE TO CREATE A BETTER MEDIUM FOR VIBRATIONS.  aNY THOUGHTS ANYBODY.  IF THIS IS THE WRONG WAY OR PLACE TO POSE SUCH QUESTIONS, SORRY.  JUST JOINED AND DON'T UNDERSTAND CORRECT PROCEDURE

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There's a good possibility I could be totally wrong about diminishing returns with the soundboard. In that spirit, I found Kasha/Schneider Soundboard Bracing Theory which is being put into practice at Makaio Ukuleles, which are handmade in Sydney, Australia by Matt Blacka. I think multiple posters here will at least be curious about Kasha bracing.

Hi Christopher, yes the top of the instrument is the most important component, but don't discount the back of the instrument, it's very important too.

if Gordon was to thin the back/bottom (used to be the top) he would get even better performance. Also, soundholes in the sides would aid in the volume directed at the player, but not project equally as well to the listener out front.

Glad y'all thinking about this subject.


How about this, guys.  I find another maduro box.  Since the bottom of the box is thin, generating the idea of inverting the box,  I wonder about  using 2 box bottoms, each with thin, but seemingly solid top-bottoms.  Sides and ends are very dense 1/4-5/16 wood.  I plan to dowel these due to no dove tailing.  Glued dowels add tremendous strength.  CBG would be a little chunkey but so am I.  Inside volume would be roomy for neck bracing.  Sides would be 3 and 3/4 , plenty of room for side sound holes.  I think you guys may be onto something!    thanks,  Gordon   (mud lizzard lou)


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