Good to know, Blaine (and do you ever know someone?). "Nice bit of booty" - I'll take that as a compliment
Sorting out a few future tops with generous body outlines for the next 4 Kermit builds - all going to be neck-through (despite the recent setback with "banana maple" I reckon it's the way to go). Also very cursory sanded the bottom right hand corner and applied some of the Osmo (first coat, generally a good indication of the final look).
The first one's a bit "not sure about that". The idea is to have a 5 piece neck, 3 maple and 2 purpleheart, walnut body, maple layer and purpleheart top. This one will just work although the outline doesn't quite fit (as mentioned it has a couple of extra mm, plus I contour quite heavily). Why "not sure"? Doesn't really look that purple, more a nice saturated brown. Might change (it's timber!!).
No close-up of the treated area, not much happening there.
Next is the amboyna burl top. This is the "replacement" for Sauron so exactly the same build (5 piece maple/wenge neck, walnut body, maple veneer, wenge layer) with this top and a slightly less extravagant fretboard. Note how nicely the grain shows after application of the Osmo in the close-up:
Then here's the fretless brother of the Sauron replacement - everything exactly like above, only with the "moustache" maple burl top. Much more subtle once the Osmo goes on but that shouldn't be a problem considering the multiple layers of contrasting timber:
Really looking forward to the final one with the amazing bocote top. Again, 5 piece neck through with 3 maple and 2 walnut pieces, walnut body, maple layer and the bocote top. Speaks for itself:
That's all for today. I'll bring these tops (and a couple more) to Sydney next weekend.