Well, it's pretty much all done. Just have to tune it up and set the string height and intonation. The nut looks pretty happy but may take a few more strokes once the other stuff it done.
May still make a thumb dealie to cover that weird spot on the maple...I covered the smaller one with one of my logo badges.
Overall I'm pretty happy given that I started with someone else's work and had some 'handicaps' to overcome. One thing I don't like thought is all on me and that was the choice of tuner layout which gave me some wonky looking string angles across the headstock....Oh well.
I see what you mean about the tuners, have you tried reversing the direction of wind of the two high strings, so that the string comes off them on the right hand side? I think it would make all the string path parallel.
Well the bass is on its way to Texas. Had a chance to plug it into my tweed Princeton clone just to make sure all was well...it was, with the exception of a B string buzz at the 9th fret. Got that fixed and a thumbs up from 2 players as far as general playability. Had hoped to pop down to GC and try it through a bass amp but didn't have time.
Sent pics to my friend who's son started the whole thing and was glad to hear he's living in a care home and is a visual artist. He gave the final version a thumbs up and I bought one of his art pieces in thanks.