Thanks for the kind words folks!
So, this is happening:
When I bought the body blank for the IBM Jagstang, I had also bought a neck blank.
A few weeks back I finally decided that it was time to try making a neck. This will be going on the Mahogany body. I have a pre-slotted, pre-radiused rosewood board on the way from LMII. I'm excited about the possibilities that being able to make a neck will open up for me.
Also, I stumbled onto a new laser cutting service that has really reasonable rates. When I was looking into getting the control plate for my Fuschia Sparkle build laser cut from metal, I couldn't seem to find anywhere to do it for under $100ish. But, I just got the plate for the mahogany body cut from polished stainless steel for $35 including shipping.
This new laser cutting option got my brain turning and I decided to do my own take on something that Amon 7.L and Horsefeather have been exploring: a custom trem plate to use Jag/Jazz trem guts on a mustang. Here is a mockup on my Mustang body:
My version is slightly longer, as I wanted to maintain the wood around the thimble holes and use the rear curve of the Jazzy trem. Also, I figured that since you would have to make a permanent mod to the body, there is no reason it would have to fit the same footprint. Not wanting to take any of my guitars apart, I have a Jazz trem on the way so I can verify hole placement, dimensions, etc. before getting it laser cut. I'm planning to install the prototype on my reissue Talman that currently has a mustang trem - after it gets refinished.
Speaking of the Mustang, since my custom decal seems to be lost I bought Fender and Fernandes repro decals and applied bits from both so I can finally get this thing moving towards the end. I just need to spray a few more clear coats and let it sit for a few weeks now. If the custom decal ever appears, I'll just use it on something else.