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    Default back thickness

    What is an average maximum thickness for a teardrop (A model) back made from maple please? Thank you for your consideration.

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    Arched or flat? Braced or unbraced? Quarter, flat, or rift sawn? Bigleaf or sugar maple?

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    I just typed "back thickness" into the search engine and 20 pages of threads showed up.

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    Use the Google 'site' command to search. Much better than the search engine here, as recommended by the administrators here.

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    arched, unbraced, big leaf
    Thanks for your consideration

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    I've made my bigleaf maple backs between .170" (4.3mm) to .200" (5mm) in the thickest area. In addition to thickness in the center, recurve thickness and pattern of the graduations makes a big difference. For example, unless you leave the back quite thick underneath the neck block and in that area, you won't get a traditional Gibson-style tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Jacobson View Post
    I've made my bigleaf maple backs between .170" (4.3mm) to .200" (5mm) in the thickest area. In addition to thickness in the center, recurve thickness and pattern of the graduations makes a big difference. For example, unless you leave the back quite thick underneath the neck block and in that area, you won't get a traditional Gibson-style tone.
    Thanks for your kind response Marty. I appreciate it a lot!

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    Try searching with Google. Use the format subject site:mandolincafe.com . So for this, back thickness site:mandolincafe.com into google yields tons of excellent results.
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    Thanks for posting that search technique. I'm interested in the thickness question for my next build, and for now I really appreciate the site search tip! That will help me not ask as many previously answered questions.

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