Today, drilled the fastening holes for the neck and could for the first time test out the balance of the instrument. It was a nervous moment the first time I put it in my lap, since the body is so incredibly light and the hardware and pickups add very little weight. The neck on the other hand, being made out of wenge and ebony, felt like a rock in comparison.
However, I needed not to have worried. I’m happy to report that it balances perfectly and exactly according to plan.
I started with an alignment test setup that was left sitting all the while I was drilling the holes.
Then, the three main positions were tested:
Look ma, no hands!
Lastly, note the angle of my index finger and how it follows the angle of the frets.
The guitar obviously doesn’t balance itself in this position, but it is very comfortable nonetheless.
I can feel that the comparatively heavy neck and the trapezoidal neck profile (contact Rick Toone for more information on this neck profile) seems to address the “headless wiggle” problem. I can’t wait to string it up, but the mounting plate for the string locks is off for finishing along with the rest of the new hardware.