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    Default Offset Soundholes

    After spending the last hour sanding, chiseling, shimming and cursing trying to get a slightly off centre neck joint to line up with centre line of the sound hole, I suddenly realised that you Guys who intentionally position the sound holes off center in the upper bout, Don't have this problem do you ?...You crafty Luthiers
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    I love off center sound holes. One of my first ukulele 6 years ago has one on each bout.




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    Asymmetry has got a lot going for it - provided it is deliberate.

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    Of course, it's always deliberate, isn't it?
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    Off centre bridges still a possibility though... My latest focus is off-set elliptical soundholes. Different set of challenges
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    I usually center the neck first then the sound hole. Just seems easier to me

    (ducking to avoid a flying file LOL!!!)

    But then again I usually build semi hollow body Acoustic/electric instruments or solid body with no sound holes.
    Last edited by Log Dog; 08-27-2019 at 10:14 PM.

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    When I route the mortise slightly off center, I just CA a piece of veneer to shim the tenon to bring it back to perfect center.

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