#5 has received the first pass of sanding and described earlier, it is time to string it up while there is still opportunity to alter its wooden properties. A secondary purpose is to verify that the neck set angle is correct, before routing the individual recesses for the bridges. Note that these recesses are not required, but I find it a nice touch. Here, I have fastened the bridges flat onto the top.
Detail of body
The string locks are mounted in line with the strings, but staggered. Note that there will be a graphite nut fitted, to guide the strings and set an accurate string spacing. On previous guitars that have had a straight nut, I have used just the zero-fret and string locks mounted close to it.
It plays beautifully! Next is routing the bridge recesses and pickup and control cavities.