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Test Guitar Assembly (Do the parts still fit?)

Time for a test fitting!  So I am probably jumping the gun here, as the guitar body still needs weeks (maybe months) to completely dry, but I wanted to get some pictures of this thing mostly assembled.  I had to be especially careful what type of work surface I used, in this case a flat pillowcase with no creases, as the still soft guitar body will be very easily marred.  If I were to press this into a bath towel a little to hard, I the surface of the guitar would me marked with the bumpy texture.  You see, while the top of the guitar feels completely solid, the underlayers are still drying, hence the pliability of the surface.

This is the guitar body, with a high-polish on the surface.  If you look closely, you can actually see the sparkle finish! 

My trusty Dremel with a sanding drum tip.  This is going to be very useful when cleaning the acrylic lacquer buildup in the neck pocket.

Note the lacquer buildup.  The Dremel’s sanding drum tip was useful on the edges, but isn’t long enough for the actual surface of the neck pocket. 

To clean the neck pocket, I ended up using the most coarse sandpaper that I had (50 grit).  This paper is a world of difference than the fine, automotive finish, paper used to polish the surface of the guitar.  Note, I sanded down to the actual wood in the neck pocket, as I wanted to be sure that I allowed for good transfer of tone between the neck and body.

Next, I used a drill to clean out the screw holes for the neck pocket.  Be careful not to use a bit size that enlarges the existing holes.

After a little work, the neck (finally) was able to snugly fit into the neck pocket.  This view shows the neck plate cover installed, and the neck screws tightened. 

This is my first view of the maple neck, placed in the finished guitar body.  It’s finally beginning to take shape!

Installing the pickguard was easy.  I was sure to pre-drill the holes with a small bit, to ensure I didn’t crack the acrylic lacquer surface.

Three way selector switch, with KAOSS pad illumination button installed.

This is a picture of the black, powdercoated bridge I had selected for the guitar.  Again, I pre-drilled the screws and it installed with no difficulty.

Here it is!  Of course, the KAOSS pad has yet to be installed, but this will give you a good idea as to what this guitar will look like.

This is a different view of the guitar.  Unfortunately, I did leave the guitar body on the stand for too long, and the two arms dented the bottom edge of the guitar body.  I guess I will have some more sanding and finishing to do on the bottom of the body.

I’m still trying to decide what to do with the headstock.  I certainly can’t leave the old Johnson logo in place. Should I sand it down completely and custom logo?  Should I paint it?  How about gluing on an engraved metal plate?  Suggestions?

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