This is a closer look at the back of the neck. What a lovely grain!
I finished the body at the same time as sorting the neck. Here it is sanded down and a little damp with white spirit.
This is the first time I've taken the head off... I do hope I can get the bloody thing back on again!
Take a look at the snake-skin effect that runs down each side of the neck just below the fretboard. I REALLY WANT TO PLAY THIS!!!
Must... be... patient!
As a bit of a distraction, I'm going to share a video review from Circuits and Strings of the Deering "Goodtime" Banjolele. +Daniel Hulbert showed me this when he first got it and I must say that I was more than a little captivated by what is quite a wonderful little instrument.
Daniel covers the bases in the video. Keep an eye out for that odd bridge plate; the lovely tail-piece; and that overhanging fretboard. Daniel's promised to send the instrument to me next. Woohoo! I can't wait! ;-)
I'm going to end with a little French cowboy blues courtesy of my G+ pal +Tristan le musicien. I love this and I know you will too.
If I'm really lucky, I'll have the Highwayman put back together tomorrow. Will I show you a picture or two? What do you think?