I've had a few ideas lurking around in my head for a while, and I've had some wood lying around and decided to put those ideas to some good use and mentally assemble the possibilities in consideration to what I have and what I am able to do.
I want to try my hand at a headless classical and a headless 8 string
I've basically figured they'll both follow my last build in the fretting process as it turned out just fine, however the problem seems to be that I have no clue how to make a tuning bridge. I have thought of putting tuners behind a TOM bridge..but seriously what classical guitar has a TOM bridge on it? that aside, it would destroy the string spacing that I happen to enjoy about a classical guitar.
a few questions and ideas:
If hollow out a guitar body, and put a soundboard on top, will that resonate at least somewhat-close to the way a classical should? Not that I plan to do exactly that, but it is the closest I can describe my idea as.
and for the body itself, would I jeopardize the integrity too much by cutting the end of the top off? sort of to imitate adding an extended tuning bridge for the classical, I'd prefer if the chunk of tuners was inside the body than extruding from it.
I suppose these questions could be better asked with pictures, I'll get to photoshopping dotted lines on guitars to show what I mean.
As far as tuning bridges go, I'd like to hear a few ideas guys!
Youd have to do a typical headless tuner style I think, and use an archtop style bridge. If you properly reinforced the top where the cuts are, with that tension removed, it should be fine. I dont imagine it sounding anything better than acceptable anymore though. The rest of the guitar is designed to have all that pull on the top.