Another week of good progress.
I started out by continuing to optimize the electronic bits of the instrument. I added a nonlinear amplifier to the magnetic coil pickup, such that smaller signals are amplified more than large signals. This effectively increases the usable bowing area about the coil by about 15%.
I also met up with my woodworker a few times this week. He built wooden a prototype out of the templates I had given him and, when I added in the metal box and coil, everything fit together snugly. I was even able to try out my new way of feeding the end of the resistive ribbon to the neck, which also worked as well as I imagined.
My woodworker knows wood better than me, of course, and we were able to brainstorm a better way to connect the body to neck. By adding a separate piece of wood, we were able to create a stronger connection. This new piece also makes it easier to build the neck and to connect the body and neck during assembly.
We wanted the back to be good looking as well as strong. How do you think this shape will look with a little rounding and beveling?