The second Blackbeast, and #5 of the rough carved series, has arrived.
This time with a steel reinforced neck (steel reclaimed from a destroyed piano)
Carving done predominately by hand, with some angle grinding. Ebonized (treated with a mixture of vinegar and rusty metal to darked the tannin in the wood, and finally sealed with linseed oil.
The string anchors are also reclaimed from the piano carcass.
A single pickup powers the beast, connected to a single volume. Hot tap volume pot can be replaced with supplied "normal" knob, for those serious jazz gigs!