For a couple of years now I'm thinking about letting a custom instrument built for me.
I've already a good idea for all parts of the instruments and for sure Alembic's hippies sandwiches & electronics are amongst my 1st choice.
But an important question is still to be answered: what about the architecture of the instrument ?
Neck-thru: this sound to be the best choice e.g. from a sustain perspective. But, the greater sustain comes at the cost that the instrument is deprived of an actual body (as it remain only 2 small wings).
Glued/bolted neck: this sound to be the best choice to beneficiate from the soundtable effect on the global sounding of the instrument. But both bolted or glued necks are not optimal e.g. from a sustain perspective.
The custom project Mindmeld (http://www.alembic.com/info/fc_mindmeld.html
) present a neck-thru architecture "hidden" behind a cocobolo top/back.
It's an interresting approach but, as far as I understand, the benefits here is only aesthetic.
So, I wonder if the concept has already been pushed further: e.g. by having a neck-thru occupying only a part of the instrument thickness and, on top of that, a real body.
Is it a realistic approach ? What could be the drawbacks ? Is there a risk of cumulating the disadvantage of both architectures while having no benefit ?
Thanks in advance for your advices.