I found myself making cool, creative choices 'on the fly' as I built this cigar box guitar. From the body layout down to the string and tuning choices, this axe was just a thrill to build.
Perhaps the coolest creative detail is the headstock. I decided to give the Reso-Electro a "pearloid" headstock face, also known as "mother-of-toilet-seat" to vintage guitar collectors! LOL. This is an easy detail that uses CBGitty.com's Lap Steel Guitar Fretboard Underlay ($3.49) as a veneer, glued to the headstock with some spray adhesive.
The video shows the process. I've added a few extra photos below it, too.
The photo above shows the headstock after I cut the shape with a coping saw and cleaned up the edges with my belt sander and spindle sander.
I sprayed the face of the headstock and backside of the pearloid underlay with Gorilla Glue Spray Adhesive. Note: I made sure to cover the sides and fretboard with masking tape to keep any overspray from the glue away from the rest of the neck. I then attached the pearloid to the wood, allowed it to dry and then trimmed any excess that hung over the edge of the headstock.
A simple paint pen with a fine tip allowed me to add my own signature to the pearloid. I practiced on a scrap piece before freehanding the final version.
Click here for Part 4: Final Assembly (coming soon)