I'm pretty new to building and would love to hear from anyone who has encountered what I just did. Here's the story...I built an electric 3 string fretless using an Undercrown box, oak neck, CB…Continue
"Mounting a bridge closer to the center of the box will dampen the sustain(how long the string vibrates), but the strings being closer to the middle increases the acoustic waves which increases the acoustic volume and gives the guitar a fuller…"
"Hi, my first thoughts on the differences of the two guitars that will effect tone and volume was.
one bridge is closer to the rim of the box so a stiffer mounting point.
the pickup is under a different portion of the strings length.....and
"Thanks David. You are right that the hardtail is screwed into a block and that makes sense that it's limiting the vibration of the lid dramatically since the bridge is more centrally located. I'll have to digest the info on the…"
"I suspect having the hardtail nearer the middle reduces the lid vibrations, especially if there is a wooden block under the lid into which you have screwed the hardtail bridge.
The difference in tone when plugged into an amp is explained…"
First, Moving the hardtail farther into the center of the box on the second build is likely to impact acoustic volume. It will dampen the ability of the box top to vibrate. Some nice F holes might help improve acoustic volume.