We began with a solid one piece basswood blank for this project. The body that we were building had a butt about 1/2" wider than the blank so a small scrap of basswood was glued on to the lower corner. Following standard procedures, we rough cut the body, flushed the edge with a router and got to work.
Using a cove bit, we began profiling the edge in a Mosrite/German Carve style.
We decided to keep the cove profile all around the edge with the exception of the area where we made a large forearm contour.
Using a couple of different spokeshaves, we carved a large belly contour into the backside.
After some debate, we decided on giving this body a satin finish. Here's a mock-up to see how everything will look once finished.
Fabrication of the custom pickguard. Without an adequate piece of black pickguard material, we settled for a vintage cream colored guard.
And the project is finished. In keeping with wiring simplicity, we've got no more than a single 1 meg volume pot and a three position toggle switch. A Prodigy PAF-inspired humbucker is in the neck position and a genuine Gretsch Filtertron™ is in the bridge position. A glossy maple/maple 25.5" scale neck rounds out the package and provides for an awesome playing experience.