I cut the fret wire to length and trimmed the ends where it overhangs the binding edge.
All the frets have been hammered into place and the ends filed to an even bevel.
Then I installed all the hardware, fit the bridge and put the strings on it. I will play it for a couple of weeks and see how it plays and if the neck feels right. I can still make some minor adjustments at this stage before I start applying the finish. I am very pleased with the way this one sounds and plays so far. I will probably sand the neck just a little bit thinner, but otherwise this one is ready to finish.
A close-up of the ebony heel cap to contrast with the maple binding.
I really like to play with contrasting woods for accent. This one uses a lot of ebony appointments for a kind of elegant almost formal black and white look. I don't know how I will stain it yet. This one would look really good left natural with a clear satin finish. On the other hand, if I fade some dark color around the edges the maple binding will really stand out, which is what I originally had in mind from the beginning.
A close-up of the ornate pearl/abalone/ebony inlaid sound-hole rosette.