So I've been focusing my time working on the Siren. I'm really only a couple steps behind my first build's progress at this point. This build has gone swiftly in comparison, after learning quite a bit from previous experience in the construction process. I also through trial and error found what jigs, templates, and orders of procedure work for me and my shop. As of now I still have zero finishing experience, but I've got another mostly constructed guitar, and that has taught me a lot. I've been posting bits of her here and there in the workbench thread. Now that I'm reaching unfamiliar territory, I'd like to open up a forum for discussion. This is a copy/pasta from imgur with tater-cam photo quality, so it may be a mess. I've got some DSLR shots that I'll try to include now and then to make up for it. Traced this body off of drawings I've had in my file cabinet for a long time. Made a few tweaks here and there, primarily in the horns. I made a lot of templates, and always thought the size was a bit small. It looked like a kid's guitar. I increased the size 10% overall and it was perfect. Comparable to an Ibanez RG in size. The point at the bottom gives a really nice center point for layout and template lineup. I designed it aesthetically, but it turned out to be quite handy in the build process. I initially planned on a basswood body, but after the decision to laminate maple and mahogany for the neck, it just didn't sound like it was going to look right. Here I also have the top clamped up with F clamps and the weight of my granite slab keeps it straight under clamping pressure. It's worked very well for the 2 bookmatched tops I've made thus far. With my #5 plane and this clamping configuration, both tops have had invisible seams. I've had to pencil the center lines just to be able to see them for the rest of the build. Annoyingly triumphant? That's what I'd call it. Here's the neck stringers after running them through the thickness sander. Planing 30" pieces is difficult, but the thickness sander does it effortlessly and leaves a perfect surface for glue-up. Gluing the neck blank while the top is still under clamps. Decided the body would look a LOT better if it had a bevel carve, so I did a quick sketch-up on the template. I think I was right. Top out of clamps, cut out on the band saw, and sanded to the line on the ROSS. This is the last picture to feature the basswood body before it was nixed. I'll post a few more pics and continue the story tomorrow.