Finished the carving of the neck, heel, and belly cut contours last night. Gotta say, I'm real happy with how this one is looking.

Got Evil Twin out of the clamps, trimmed the headstock to dimension, and started the contours on the neck and the heel transition. On a side note, a #7 spoon gouge will make stupid quick work of a heel transition. In the photos you can see a pretty nice before and after (note: the contours aren't quite final yet).

No progress during the week this week; luckily I was able to make up for lack of progress this morning. 

Got the bookmatched buckeye glued up, thinned down, and glued to the back of the neck on Evil Eye, hammered out the glowing side dots,  fret installation and edge detailing, and glued the headstock ears on Evil Twin.

Phew. It's been a bit of a whirlwind the past couple of days, but I'll try and get all my thoughts down in a way that makes sense.

Friday, April 13th, 2018 Breaking Benjamin dropped their latest album 'Ember.' In the liner notes, as part of the thank you section, Aaron thanked Better Mousetrap Guitars; in all my years, I really can't describe how cool it was to be mentioned as part of an album from a band that I've been a fan of for what feels like forever. In addition to dropping the album, BB also released the video for the song 'Torn in Two,' in which Aaron is playing the 5-string hook scroll bass I'd built for him.

Even though I've been on Cloud 9 with my mind in places other than the shop, I've still been able to make some really solid progress on Evil Twin and Evil Eye in the past couple of days in the shop. Fretboards slotted, thickness tapered, and glued down, and sanded in a fretboard radius. 

As a side note, thank you to everyone that's supported me in getting here. You've helped, cheered me on, and believed in me and it's meant the world. 

Short night in the shop, but gorgeous results. Thinned and cut down some headstock ears, rounded over the wings for the buckeye monster (look at that grain!), and picked out the final material for the fretboard.