Well, it's been a little while. The last year plus has seen us sell our old house, build a new one, get moved in, and, just as the shop was shaping up, I had a nasty weightlifting accident that mangled two fingers pretty badly. Now that they are mostly healed, I need another build! I confess, I'm not a shredder and metal is not really my scene. To that end, super strats haven't really ever interested me. However, over the last couple years, I've been looking at designs from several builders like Skervesen, Blackwater, Ormsby, Legator, etc. I've decided it's time for me to give one a go. I'm calling this one Graviton since it's meant for heavy music. I'm actually building two, one out of more standard stuff to test things out and one out of nicer stuff. Since guitar building is always experimental for me, I want that safety net. Specs: - 25.5" scale length - Two humbuckers - Volume and toggle, no tone - Body: Alder (test), walnut with curly redwood drop top (keeper) - Neck: 9 piece maple/walnut/curly maple/walnut/bubinga laminate with no scarf - Fretboard: Pau Ferro (test), black and white ebony (keeper) Here is the design drawing: So first things first, we need some templates: Then, I resawed a bunch of wood for the neck. I got to put my new drum sander to use, and in it worked like a champ! Before I knew it, I had this: That then went through the sander to remove the slight amounts of tearout from my planer. This sander is amazing! The surfaces are already in good enough shape for gluing on a fretboard, but that will have to wait a little bit. I've got some time this week to hopefully knock out some good stuff, but I also have some shop projects that need to be done to make this easier.