Christmas project no.2 - an electric bass guitar

Greetings again folks,
Alongside the double neck ukulele, I am building a bass guitar for my eldest boy (8 1/2 yr old). I don't play bass, and neither does he, but he has mentioned trying a few times, and it gives me an excuse to build something different.
I will try and keep these posts a little shorter, but the end result should be a short-scale (approx 30") bass with bridge single-coil and neck humbucker (thanks Mr Alegree for your help here). Alder body, rippled maple neck (eventually without CF reinforcement) and figured ebony fretboard. The finish is intended to be a take on the Tyler Burning Water effect, and we shall see how that goes....

Jumping a wee bit into the project, the alder plank (this and all wood from David Dyke - a superb font of information and a pleasure to buy from) has been crosscut, planed and joined. The outline (approximately Les Paul shape) bandsawn and trimmed. The neck has its scarf jointed headstock with wings attached, thicknessed and shaped. The fingerboard slots cut, dots installed and radius sanded.

Here I am setting up the neck-pocket jig. 'Jig' is a big word for a few straight-edged bits of birch ply. The idea is that you set the neck in the correct place, clamp it and surround the it with planks that will make a perfect 1:1 copy of the outline. This can then be routed out using a bearing guided router bit. d/s sticky tape comes in very handy here. The jig works very well, albeit a little inelegantly.

And the router in place

After a brief hiccup with a poorly-judged marking gauge (forgot to take off depth of jig when pre-drilling waste from neck pocket), here is the neck in place and ready to have pickup pockets routed....

Pockets with waste pre-drilled (had to make up my own routing templates here, which work, but I think the centrelines I drew on them aren't quite right). There are also a few scribbles on contour lines and control placements.

Cleaning up corners for the routed pickup pockets

Checking control placement and bridge position

And the carving begins. This is the fun bit :) Also note the control cavity routed. The cavity cover has it's ledge routed also - another template I made. Fits as well as a Gibson. I use a variety of tools for carving - rasps of varying size/shape/grain, grater-style microplanes, sandpaper and sometimes gouges.

After a lot of tweaking, rasping and sanding, this is the result. I am rather pleased with the shape, it is very tactile.

Sanded to 320 grit, it's first coat sanding sealer

De-nibbed and gloss black base layer. Not the run, which was then sanded back and re-sprayed

Next layer, silver, then rapidly dabbed off. This was a tricky bit for me - getting the timing right between how heavy a spray, how long to leave before dabbing off with a carrier bag (plastic) and when to stop. This finish has migrated from Tyler Burning Water (doable, but I think needs more practice, and definitely more time for the lacquer to harden before 'effecting' it) to my take on the PRS multi-foil. In the second image you can see where I have lifted a little too much of the silver/black and mam through to the wood almost.

After a few trials, here is the body with clear colours applied over the base layers.

And damnblastit, a goddamn hair!

Anyway, this was fixed (thanks for advice, Mr Ryder), and with the clear coats going on over the colour I am roughly here. Though the photo's from my phone really dont do it justice....

Rightyo, as usual, thanks for getting this far, and any questions please ask away

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