I cleaned up the head and it's come up a treat. I think that the odd stain on the top right hole is oil from the Grover tuner. Damn! The other odd stains are actually sweat! Yuck. I couldn't believe it myself!
This is me leaving things for a well-earned break. I knew that I wanted to tackle the 5th string tuner next, but I still wasn't sure on what I needed to do.
I posted on Google+ that I was losing the will to live and this is why. I'd moved on to fretting the neck. I hate fretting! Have I ever told you that?
I dug out my fret holder (Tm), tang nipper and set to work cutting and dressing the frets. What a boring job. I wasn't too careful and delicate in my work, but I got there in the end.
In a moment of madness I then banged them in with my brass fret hammer. No drama! I can't believe it.
Here's that head again. Have you ever seen anything so pretty?
I include this picture for the builders and players. This gives you a feel for the string placement I have with my temporary nut and no guide on the 5th. I reckon this is looking pretty bloody good!
I'm sure to give you a sound check of the Highwayman sometime soon, but for now you're just going to have to imagine what it sounds like. I'm going to struggle to stop myself from playing it, but I should get it finished before I play it too much. There are still lots of little things for me to sort out first though; like how I'm going to fit the arm-rest; and how I'm going to secure the tail-piece. These are problems for another day. For now... I'm just going to enjoy admiring what I've got. Oh yeah... and I've got to properly sand the thing down. Sooo many things to do ;-)