The plan was to drill out the black plastic fretboard markers and replace them with some black pearl ones (pictured).
As soon as I drilled these out I could see this wasn’t going to work – the holes were 5mm deep and the little inlays were only 1mm thick. Time for a change of tack. I’m going to make markers from brass tube filled with a black epoxy putty called “Milliput” instead. The putty is on order but in the meantime I got started with fitting the sections of brass tube.
I drilled a 5.5mm deep hole in a piece of MDF and using a hacksaw cut the 6mm tube into small pieces.
I had also bought some 2.5mm brass tube too so that I could make matching side dots. I drilled out the old ones.
With a dab of superglue in each hole I pressed in the brass tubes.
After allowing it to dry I filed the tubes flush with the neck.
Once that was done I tackled the control cavity. I had marked the locations on the MDF template. I attached this to the body and with a 2mm drill, made a hole right through template and body.
I used a 19mm spade bit to cut the countersink for the knobs, and a 10mm bit for the selector switch.
Once those were marked I could tackle the control cavity from the back. I had made a cover a couple of days ago.
Using the techniques I discussed in detail previously I made a template for the cavity “ledge” and routed that.
I made a smaller template and then routed out the inner cavity.
To finish I check the cavity is deep enough to allow the components to reach through to the front.
And that is all the work I can do until the pickups arrive. Once I’ve got those in hand I’ll be able to rout their cavities, drill the cable runs, and then glue in the neck. Once the neck is in I can shape the heel and I’ll be on to sanding and finish.