I've actually been at this one for the last 6 years (literally) but for 2 years it sat without me touching it. The reason it takes so long is taht I am never really happy with the shape or lines, but I am coming to a point where I like the color blending. The body is unlike any typical guitar so it was all done from scratch and a combination of several drawings in a project notebook I keep. Now that this year's boat project is done I can get back to it. IT is all 100% hand-carved. Once I glued the block together, I have only used rat-tails, files, sand paper, and chisels. Nothing powered. I wanted it to be barbaric in nature and creation. The top is Purpleheart which will look purple when finished, the middle is maple, and the back is paduk which is an orange-red and resembles a tiger's-eye marble when done.
This is the back of the headstock, the main course of my line issues. I have carved and carved at each color to try to get lines I liked. THey were originally all straight, or just convex and I didn't like it ever, so I think Im close to a shape I can be happy with.
The top part of the headstock is still making me mad, I think I may lay a thin piece of maple over the whole thing and shape it in. The purple doesn't seem to cutoff correctly no matter what I do.
(Keep in mind the guitar has undergone extensive new carving which is why most of it looks rough, no worries though, it looks much better when Im momentarily satisfied with it)
Here's the whole body in case you were wondering why the headstock had two blocks going into it:
And a quick view of the back, which I am also unhappy with mostly because its so flat looking... None of the ports for the electronics have been finish routered yet so ignore those, they'll be a bit bigger in the future as I have switched my plan to using one set of humbuckers along with the other singles.
Thoughts? Pictures of different spots on request, but I wont get back to this till about monday when its back at my shop.