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    Thanks. Here’s where I am. I started to think about making a routing template for body and (flat) top. Either in file or cardboard. Thinking maple body but see what the joiner has left over. Think bottom 4mm. Top not so sure. The carved reinforcements you mentioned missing in yours are purfling but only needed for ply sides-to-top or bottom. And I suspect your 330’s side thick enough to make them kind superfluous.
    Kent Armstrong P90s.
    Just struggling with the thickness of top and bottom. (And going very slow, my gas fixed by ordering fostex full range drivers and fitting enclosures hoping to hear lots of air around acoustic bass recordings)
    I played an es-235 and it was loud acoustically. Saw Trogly’s video on YouTube and it seems the centre block is not wholly attached to the top, which would explain it. However that guitar is not airy like yours. And U$2300 or more.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Eck
    Thanks. Here’s where I am. I started to think about making a routing template for body and (flat) top. Either in file or cardboard. Thinking maple body but see what the joiner has left over. Think bottom 4mm. Top not so sure. The carved reinforcements you mentioned missing in yours are purfling but only needed for ply sides-to-top or bottom. And I suspect your 330’s side thick enough to make them kind superfluous.
    Kent Armstrong P90s.
    Just struggling with the thickness of top and bottom. (And going very slow, my gas fixed by ordering fostex full range drivers and fitting enclosures hoping to hear lots of air around acoustic bass recordings)
    I played an es-235 and it was loud acoustically. Saw Trogly’s video on YouTube and it seems the centre block is not wholly attached to the top, which would explain it. However that guitar is not airy like yours. And U$2300 or more.


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    Nice! Personally I would like the top and bottom to be arched, but that takes some serious DIY-ing to achieve…. Although in the Facebook ES-330 group someone did it, using the vacuum glueing technique. I don’t have room for projects like that in my small apartment. But ready made ply-tops for 335s can be bought I think (330 and 335 use the same body). But I am guessing you want to do everything yourself?

    I did even play with the idea of ordering a 335 body and getting the back off and carving out the center block since there are no 330-kits on the market. And then fitting in a Les Paul neck since that has 16th fret joint as well. But when I found I could order a 330/Casino body with 16th fret neck joint with Bian Xuebin the decision was quickly made ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jay
    Nice! Personally I would like the top and bottom to be arched, but that takes some serious DIY-ing to achieve…. Although in the Facebook ES-330 group someone did it, using the vacuum glueing technique. I don’t have room for projects like that in my small apartment. But ready made ply-tops for 335s can be bought I think (330 and 335 use the same body). But I am guessing you want to do everything yourself?

    I did even play with the idea of ordering a 335 body and getting the back off and carving out the center block since there are no 330-kits on the market. And then fitting in a Les Paul neck since that has 16th fret joint as well. But when I found I could order a 330/Casino body with 16th fret neck joint with Bian Xuebin the decision was quickly made ;-)
    Wow a carved top! The 235 ‘34 burst (looks like a ukelele sized sunburst) has that slight curve made by glueing and probably steam technique. My problem is I’m not worth $2000-3000 for a guitar to start with. (Improv on Whisper Not still a hit and miss....) The second problem is there are hardly any es-235’s around and they are kind of rock-blues-jazz guitars. Where I want a jazz guitar. Next problem I’m hooked on the shape of the 235, bit like a thinline 175, a sexy beast!
    My big advantage is that I can take my time to work out the shape and materials. I’ll probably find a CNC for body and top, buy a neck and get a real luthier put it together and add binding...
    I’d expect taking the top of a diy 335 may have you looking for new topwood but at least the shape of the body is there!


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