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Re:Info help for luthier 2 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 0  
Hi James. I have never measured an alto guitar. I have never had my hands on one. I looked up info on the Bartolex and used it as a guide. It would not work for me unless I tweak the scale somewhat. But I have not determined what depth to make the body. I am assuming at the moment that my body depth could remain the same unless I stumble into some pertinent info from a person who has experience with these guitars. That posted diagram was my own drawing based on the info that I have collected. It is informational only and it is accurate for scale length.

Thanks for your post.
 
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Re:Info help for luthier 2 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 3  
I found the dimensions for the Asturias altoguitar that James had sent me way back in 2008. It says:

See attached picture.

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Thanks for this post Glen. All of this info is very helpful. Best regards, Len (also in California, San Diego)

www.lavioletteguitars.com
 
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Re:Info help for luthier 2 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 1  
Hello Len,
Well, yes, you could makes 9 and 10 the same scale as the first six, but there is a penalty. One of the advantages of the alto is that through using the 6th string for the remaining strings, a guitar's tendency to be "bass heavy", as a result of the increasing inertia of the progressively heavier bass strings, is reduced. My recommendation would be to stay with just 8 strings at treble scale length.
James.
 
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Re:Info help for luthier 2 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 1  
Glen,
Many thanks for digging this out. I was just about to start measuring, ..., again!
James
 
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Re:Info help for luthier 2 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 0  
Thanks again James. My client wants to stay with 7 strings at the nut. It turns out that after all of my gyrations and scale drawings, my design is so similar to others that it is spooky. Still not sure of double-top or solid Engelmann, also considering cedar. Any input there?
 
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