Would a PMTE help an overly-bassy D-35?
I just got in a '77 D-35 that needs some work, but as it is now the sound is all bass. The sound coming out of the guitar is drowning in the boom, and I'd like to balance that out as much as I can. The original bridgeplate is worn through the holes so I'm planning on replacing that with a smaller maple plate but I'm wondering if adding a stiffener strip on the plate will help or hurt the sound. I've heard lots about PMTEs helping the sound but I'm not sure exactly what they add. More bass? More brightness? This particular guitar will be getting a bone nut and saddle and we'll most likely pull out the popsicle brace, too. I suppose we could enlarge the soundhole later on, but the bridgeplate is first on the agenda. And by the way, what are the dimensions on a PMTE if I need to add one? Is there anything else we can do to take some of the boom out of this 35? We'd love to improve this guitar as much as possible because it's one of those beautiful '70s shade tops and it ought to be played a lot.