"Good advice from the guys above, and keep in mind you might have multiple issues in play. A "tinny" sound may actually just be the tone you're getting due to the metal soundboard. Check carefully to make sure the license plate…"
"My first two had way too much flex in the neck and were basically not playable. They frustrated me immensely until I finally took the time to add some backing to them and take the time to get everything blended to a nice looking and feeling contour.…"
"Chris - I agree with Brian Q - don't sweat the thickness of your sides or the type of joinery (as long as it's tight). I expect the overall stiffness of the top to have the biggest impact on your acoustic response (that stiffness is…"
Another option to consider rather than battling to get the material glued down: Put a base coat of silver paint (or whatever you want the mesh color to be), tape down the Punchinello and then spray over it with black and remove…"
"Rich - sound advice below from John, Brian, and Tim. Based on whatever you have to build upon (be it a cigar box, tin, ammo can, license plate, etc) you will be able to develop a design and build it successfully once you have the basic…"
"Yeah, I could see you had darker fret lines where there would typically be a fret marker, that's a cool idea. Personally I think linseed oil is a good option for you - take a look at Youtube videos etc of guys using it on gunstocks. …"
"Technology will enable us to do darn near anything these days - - that doesn't mean we should use it for that.
I am retired now but used to managed an organization that provided complex control systems for heavy equipment. There were many…"
"I love the looks of dovetail & finger joints, but I agree with John in that they're both overkill from a structural perspective. Any construction method that is strong enough to handle the string forces without excessive deflection…"
"You have learned well grasshopper!! Seriously, that's a great looking piece of work, far prettier than my first one.
Is that a walnut neck? Some linseed or tung oil will be great on that if you want to finish it (just need to be…"
"I have only been building fretted so I'll let the guys who know fretless answer your first part. As for the tuners, lay it out however you prefer, then just be sure to use the tuning machines that give you the desired direction for the actual…"
"Bill, Welcome to the addiction, glad to have you! Yes, for fretless you'll mark your feet lines just as if you're cutting fret slots, just make sure the template you select matches the scale length (nut to bridge) that you're…"