I guess the question really is...does this produce a more beautiful tone and/or more beautiful instrument.
For me, if carving the the whole thing out of one piece of wood has some advantage in tone or produces at least the same tone and a better looking instrument then damn the torpedoes.
Fantastic looking, bad tone...hang it on the wall.
Fantastic tone, looks like crap...play in dark clubs.
Fantastic tone, fantastic looks...brag.
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