And more progress! The Barden pickup is in place, and so are the pick guard and control plate. Finding parts that fit together well was not the easiest thing. But patience wins out, and those parts are right where they should be. The nut is slotted but not fully shaped, and the string guide is installed. Nice clear unplugged tone from every string. I’m excited to hear the same bright punch that my other project instruments have!
And it’s nearly done. I’m still on the fence about installing a chrome bridge cover, or just a simple thumb rest alongside the E string. And if I opt for the thumb rest, will I go for the bridge cover, too? The parts have been ordered, so stay tuned!