Which way the words run won't matter because they'll be on your body side, not the audience side as you stand there playing.
They'll only show when you oh-so-casually lay your instrument down, or flip it over when you take a bow
I'd put 2 1" diameter sound holes by the strum hollow, halfway between the fretboard and the edge of the box. I'm fond of Santa Rosa's, but I'd go for the box with the largest volume first (for the most playing volume), prettiest second... If y'all were Noter players, you'd have already figured out how to smoke those ceegars and play at the same time
Doesn't everyone write tab like this: Puff 3 4 5 3 Puff 3 4 5 3 Puff 5 6 7 Puff 5 6 7