Just got a very warm welcome in the "new guy" thread and decided that I don't need to be shy about sharing designs here.
While I'm tooling up for my first build, I am busy designing different body shapes/sizes of acoustic guitars, and also using 2D CAD software to help work out some geometry. My first actual build(s) will be proven designs built from prints in order for me to gain some skills and allow me to refine some of my own designs. I've attached a PDF of a small body design I am working on and here are some specs for those who are interested:
- Body Length: 19"
- Scale Length: 24.9"
- Nut Width: 1 23/32"
- Spacing @ Bridge: 2 3/16
- Body/Neck Joint: 14th Fret
- Upper Bout Width: 10.5"
- Waist Width: 8.25"
- Lower Bout Width: 14"
- Body Depth @ Tail Block: 4 7/8"
- Body Depth @ Heel Block: 3 7/8"
- Cutaway: Florentine
A few things to note...
I am building with flat tops as opposed to the typical slight dome found in most modern guitars; I just like how a "true" flat top sounds. The sound hole is enlarged (4.250" diameter") to allow a bit quicker attack. The body is quite a bit deeper than a typical small body (0, 00, L-00, etc.), and even deeper than an OM/000.
The peg head design is pretty generic and based off of countless others' designs. The bridge design belongs to Kevin Ryan. Kevin said it was okay to use his design, which I prefer over the typical Martin design. However, if I ever build a dreadnaught I'll use the Martin belly bridge and square-shouldered peg head - some things are better left the way they are.
Feel free to comment/critique or ask any questions. I'll be adding new designs as I have time.
Thanks for looking!