Very cool idea. Are you going to paint or burn more detail into it?
Very nice, my eyes were drawn to the headstock immediately.
A nice personalized touch.
Good lookin' git, Scotty. Your friend will be smilin' for sure! I like selling gits when I do, but makin' a gift is even more rewarding.
nic git, turned out great
Thanks so much for adding the pics! That was more effort than I could summon late at night on my phone in the garage.
The neck was a piece of walnut with a nice curly grain. I used some basswood dowels as fret markers. The neck and body are cherry. The Danish oil finish brings out the grain in all of them really nicely.
I use Watco brand Danish oil, natural color. It's inexpensive and readily available at most hardware stores. They make darker colors too but the 'natural' color just brings out the natural grain and color of the wood without making it too dark.
It's a great finish for junk box guitars. It's matte in appearance, so not too fancy looking. It brings out the beauty of the wood and provides some protection for the wood. And it's super easy to apply.
Sand the wood smooth and dust it off. Wipe it on with a paper towel, let it soak in for a while, then wipe it off and let it dry for 8 to 24 hours. Repeat for a few more coats until you get the finish you want. You can sand between coats if you want it smoother, I generally don't. The one place I do something like that is the back of the neck. I use 400 grit wet sandpaper to apply the oil and sand as I go for each coat. Sanding with super fine grit while applying the oil gives a super smooth finish, I think I read about this technique here. Since you handle the neck so much I like it to feel really smooth.