Well, it’s finally really done. I mean completely finished. By finished I mean it now has a finish applied to it. And it took forever. I sent it out through the guys at SF Guitarworks, who then sent it to a guy in Santa Cruz. And he took 3 months instead of what should have been 3 weeks. But whatever, no big deal.
I also put an inlay into the headstock. Well, I didn’t. Again, the guys at SF Guitarworks did. It’s acorns because, and don’t laugh, my nickname is squirrel. My mom gave it to me when I was a kid because she thought my red hair looked like a squirrel. So there are now nuts on my guitar.
And, lastly, and you won’t be able to see this, I had the fretboard leveled and completely re-fretted. Do I feel bad about essentially ripping my work out and giving it to professionals to do? No. No I don’t. Fret boards are hard to do by hand even if you know what you are doing. I sure didin’t! Before my fretboard was a ski jump. Now it’s straight as an arrow. And plays great!
The pictures appear below and, eventually, so will a recording.
First, a glamour shot:
Next, the acorns (which I sort of designed, thank you very much):
Another glamour shot:
And the sound hole:
A look at the side below the neck, along with the some black and white trim (called “purfling”:
And the back, which was tough to get a good photo:
Closeup of the back:
And there she is, in all her glory: