Hey all - just found the thread thanks to Theo. I mentioned I'm in the Ormsby run with him and that I'd share some of my builds pics.
I went with:
Rosewood fretboard with abalone shark and dot inlays with alloy surrounds
Ivoroid binding everywhere
zebra creme pickups
single piece light flame maple body
Gloss finish on the body - oil on the neck
I joined the build on the day it opened on Oct. 16, 2013. Final specs were due by January and Perry gave us a ton of options and tops and everything to choose. I
t was a bit of a scrum getting the tops figured out (first come and all), but it all worked out and then we did fretboards.
Perry found amazing stuff like a snakewood top (yes, you read that right) and a ton of Pale Moon ebony that is gorgeous. I had picked a beautiful blue burl top but realized within a few hours that I wanted my 'Rosie' and so I let it go to another member.
April 2014 saw Mat fly to Perry and Jett joined in and they started cutting bodies, gluing neck blanks and tops. Mat and Jett were there again this week (July) and we got even more photos of binding and routing and neck work.
Since then Mat has been there 2 other times and given us videos and more pics. We also have a private Facebook group where we get constant updates and everything else. All I can say is that being in this run has really shown what a custom builder can do in terms of communication and everything.
and now - the pics
the mock up (based on a template by Jonas Backe)
Perry didn't like it and cut it apart and redid it
Body cut out - light flame single piece of maple
getting to see the top get routed was cool
Fun pic of all the headstock plates shaped (at the time)
Fretboard (Perry was tired of waiting on his delivery of Rosewood and grabbed a bass fb he had been saving and gave it to me...)
Here's a bunch of the tops just hanging out
Fretboard before inlay but bound
Close up of the Paua shark at the 12th fret - he hand cuts the sharks and routes out the fb himself - no CNC. I got to watch it streamed.
Neck, FB and head plate all together
Paua dots with alloy surrounds - it's like jewels
Neck! Loving it...
Body neck test - no screws just friction and fit
Sitting (2nd in) waiting for the next thing to happen to it...
Man, leave some rosewood for the rest of us! Beautiful, man. Not sure if I overlooked it, but what'll the scale length be?