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Materials for an archtop/hollow body

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Hi folks...I'm planning a thinline archtop/hollowbody...basing it in a epiphone century.

I'm planning on making the sides and centre block from a solid block of sapele/mahogany.

I'm struggling for the back and tops. Where are folk building archtops getting their wood?

Whilst there's a curve in the Century top and back I don't think it requires wedges...I've found a few "drop tops" that are big enough and 10mm thick which could work. But most drop tops seems you are paying for the figuring which I'm not that bothered about as I want sunburst/stain it.

Curious to know how folk are sourcing wood for larger guitar builds. Is itΒ  case of lumber and resawing etc.

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@fuzzwood.

Try Touchstone Tonewoods. They do a lot of wood for Violin, Mandolin and Archtops.

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Yes I think I've found the main uk "exotic" timber sites...got my eye on some roasted Ash...10mm thick so I think they should be fine from what Google tells me about top/back thicknesses...and Β£50 each sonot too bad

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