I've wanted to try making an arcane archer bard for a long time, and finally got around to doing so. I've just reached level 8, and am having second thoughts about the build I had planned out. I'll spare you most of the details, but basically my build is Chaotic Good Elf, 12 bard/6 fighter/2 ranger. The fighter levels are mostly for feats, base attack bonus (for my manyshot), and Kensei I with longbow mastery. The ranger levels also help with BAB for manyshot, and give me bow strength and rapidshot free.
What I'm having second thoughts about is that perhaps my split is too deep, and I'd really be hurting myself by only taking 12 bard levels. Any general comments or advice on the build are appreciated, but what I'm really interested in hearing opinions on is whether or not 12 bard levels is enough.
Specifically, I may take 2 more bard levels, and 2 fewer fighter levels. This would give me more skill points, Improved Inspire Courage (+2), access to 5th level bard spells (greater heroism, in particular), and of course +2 to my caster level. However it would mean I can't take fighter kensei prestige (lower dps), cost me a feat, and drop my BAB by half a point.
Anyone tried a build like this? Any advice at all?