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Thickness of Back Panel on Hollow Body..?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Betyouaint, Nov 7, 2006.

  1. Can anyone give me a ballpark thickness of what the back panel should be on a hollow bodied bass...? The one I'm making is currently around 5-6mm (2/10"). It looks and feels about right but I'm not really sure...???
  2. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    For strength, it should be more than 3 mm. Otherwise, it will crack much too easily (too easily for me, anyway).
    Your application and sound ambitions may take you to thicker backs. 6 or 12, the less the more hollow sound - can you imagine?:rolleyes:
    I stay around 5-6mm, personally. My idea of just right, you may know the swedish word "lagom"?:smug:
  3. Thanks for putting my mind at rest. The thickness I've been working with seemed instinctively right but not being experienced at guitar making I'm always second guessing myself...

    I do have a Swedish to English dictionary somewhere from an exchange I did back in my teens. I'll look it up... ;)
  4. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Good luck!:D
    It's said to be un-translatable - to any language.:ninja:

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