So here is my entry. I called it Aphelion because it's about as far from a "finely constructed" instrument as you can get. The workmanship will still be of a high standard, but it certainly won't be "normal" by most standards. Friday provided me with a couple hours to get rolling on this, so here is the concept. This is a take on the Danelectro 59. It will have very similar construction and details, but with the a little bit of the Ripthorn flair. The idea is to be basic, straightforward, and budget minded, much like the old Dano's. Here's the design drawing: Here are the materials. I have had a big hunk of poplar kicking around that had some knots in it and stuff, so I will use that part as the hollow center part, with resawn clear poplar from the same board for the front and back. The neck and fretboard are both curly maple, left over from two different projects that I did for friends. Pickguard will be leftover aged white material. I'm thinking a metallic orange for the body and some kind of black-ish fretboard dots. Simple is the name of the game, including a top loader bridge. Hardware will be black, including lipstick pickups. I will need to make new brackets, since they will be rear mounted like the old Dano's. I had previously made the templates: So first up is the neck, so that I can figure out where to put the bridge block on the body. My blank is a little narrow for the headstock, but I have enough material to glue on ears. I also thought a 1x5 headstock would be fun and funky and perfectly in line with a build like this. After two or three hours of television magic, I had the fretboard slotted and roughly radiused and roughly tapered, the neck had been routed for a truss rod, ear glued on, headstock drilled and routed, neck tapered, and this is where it was left Friday evening. Probably the fastest I have ever gotten to this point with a neck, but when you are doing something really straightforward, it's much faster than the crazy stuff I tend to do. Next up is trimming the fretboard, roughing out the body center, gluing on the back, routing the neck pocket, and placing the bridge block.