Small world! We're celebrating our shop's 10th anniversary this year (2009). How long has your Ink City been around? I'd heard there was one in California somewhere but never could find any info on it. There are also two in Georgia (both unaffiliated with me or each other), and one in Ohio that I know of.
Thanks for the compliment. This sure is a great site. I'm meeting a lot of great people. Your site says welcome "jive turkey mothersuckas",you must have known me before! Hope your having as much fun as I am. Take care.
I have the tone plate demonstrated on the uke I recorded "Ridin' Down The Canyon" with. I have also tried a tone plate with a free floating central toungue that worked well.
By and large, though, I have not noticed a huge amount of difference with a tone plate, much more important is to have good resonance in your soundbooard and bracing.
Thanks brian, I decided to put johnny cash pic up after i saw your profile pic. I think johnny's going to a new home for christmas, a colleague wants to buy him for her roommate. I saw another guitar online with that picture on it awhile back, forgot who built it, was that you? Joe