This new tenor is forming up rapidly.The neck is made. The back and sides are thinned and shaped, the soundboard is thinned, sanded, and its rosette is complete,
This is a Port Orford Cedar soundboard. This great wood provides a rich but precise tone to a tenor, Simply one of the great tonewoods.
Here is the layout for the tone bars that radiate out from the bridge patch under the soundboard. You can see where the thin walnut patch will be glued. The ends of each tone bar fit over the edge of the patch.
Here is where it goes. And here are the 12 tone bars cut to length and ready to be carved into shape.
I have hogged out the indent on each so that they slip over the edge of the patch tightly. When shaped and sanded they will be glued to the soundboard and bridge to make a integral vibrating structure activated by the strings. Now I need to shape and taper them for maximum vibration.