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I'm looking for opinions from makers, luthiers, experts (lend me your years..?!)
Let's suppose I have access to a fine violin maker who's willing to have a crack at a 'Hacc'aferri... (my dad, yo!)
(He also has copious experience in taking apart and repairing sensitive instruments)
His having years of experience making extremely fine, sought after and well-loved instruments in the violin family - including ‘cellos - BUT having no moulds or other ‘jig'-type things relevant to 'maccaferri-style' guitar making, caused me to think along the following lines:
Consider the lowly cheap n' nasties: The Stagg, The Aeirsi, The SX etc.
What, EXACTLY, is it that makes them so bad?
My intuitive sense is that it must come down MAINLY to the ’Top’ (poor materials, poor construction, too-heavy bracing that doesn't allow the soundboard to sing properly.. etc.) - and, that things like the back, sides, neck material, headstock style, relative cheapness or expensiveness of the tailpiece and machines, play little (if any) part in the beloved characteristic SOUND of manouche guitars..
Am I broadly correct?
Obviously - should it need to be said - my goal is THE SOUND, I couldn't give a rat's a** what it looks like..
(He can make and has made (and fretted and fitted) excellent rosewood fingerboards in the past so that part is not an issue either, nor is the bridge.)
To get to MY QUESTION:
Any reason NOT to just buy an 'El Cheapo’ (for the 'bits' - and to save him having to make tools to make sides etc.) - and hand-craft an excellent Top/Soundboard and fingerboard for her??
Your thoughts please, gurus!