Hey guys, How're things? For the past week or so I've been working on an original design for a guitar. 24 fret, 25" scale, lightweight, using sustainable and recycled/repurposed materials wherever possible and basically seeing what happens. Here's the body. It's comprised of offcuts and salvaged wood. I ended up with about 15 pieces, I trued up the best of them, glued them together, clamped the sucker and thicknessed it to around 43mm when it was dry: Here's the wood pile that never seems to shrink: The neck is a 3 piece laminate made from vitex/padauk/vitex. Vitex wood is used in the South Pacific for boat building and anywhere people need something immensely hard. Botanical name is Vitex Cofassus. It's hard as hell, sort of a grey/yellow colour and carries some understated figure. A nice wood to work with, sands easily, doesn't splinter, doesn't move, just solid. I've never seen it used before but it's definitely hard enough. That was before rough shaping on the band saw. Fingerboard: I'm using a friend's shop. He has this awesome little jig for slotting boards. Takes about 5 minutes to slot a 24 fret board. the fingerboard is kohekohe a NZ native wood and the dots are made from an offcut of spalted alder. Just used a plug cutter, cut some plugs then sawed the offcut on the band saw to pop them out. After rough cutting the back and spindle sanding the sides: First mistake. The spindle sander snagged on something and pulled the neck into it, ate a chunk out of the nut slot. What should have been a 43mm nut is now around 41mm. The string spacing of my nut is 36.2mm so not a huge loss and it's fine at the actual first fret but it's gonna feel a bit funky. You can see a little bit here where the headstock looks a bit goofy: Sorry for not starting this earlier. I only have one bigass camera that I use for my job so didn't want it getting covered in dust or glue or crap. The truss rod channel is already routed and that's held in with a purpleheart filler strip thing. No dramas with the gluing of the board either. I stuck a nail through the top corner to hold it in place and also to swing the fingerboard around. Swung it off, glued it up, swung it back, clamped it and job done. Surprisingly straight forward! I'm next in the shop on Friday at which time I'll attempt to carve the back and/or radius the board.