Thanks for the comments, guys!
I really like the Tiger Eye Burst finish as well... i actually lifted a section from my favourite Tom Anderson "Guitar of the Week" and made it into a seamless tile just to see how it would look, then i shaded the edges a bit after it was applied to the guitar. (The blue quilt was fabricated entirely within Photoshop using KPT filters.)
I designed the overall shape of the guitar using Adobe Illustrator. I started with the 25.5" scale length, with the neck dimensions and bridge position roughed in, so i could lay out all the other elements as they relate to those fixed parts. After getting the overall shape and positioning of all the controls, etc. set, i export the Illustrator file to a layered Photoshop file. I then use Photoshop to add textures, highlights and shadows to the image to make it look more "real".
Most of the design was conceived with practicality as my primary concern. But of course, i had to make it aesthetically pleasing and visually balanced. The upper horn is more traditional in its shape and placement mainly for on-strap balance. There is no lower horn because i don't really see the need for one, but it's still got a rounded leg rest so it can be played comfortably sitting down.
The little "tail" at the rear has two purposes: It visually balances the long upper horn, and it offers a good place to put the upward-facing tilted/recessed output jack. It would also probably make it possible to stand the guitar on its butt end without falling over. So there you go... a little protrusion of wood has three reasons for its existence!
The body contours are another interesting feature. I envision it having sort of a hybrid of the JS
and JEM contours. The top edge of the guitar would be totally rounded, like the JS
, whereas the bottom of the guitar would be more square, like the JEM. This makes it more comfy on the arm and tummy, while having a more stable bottom edge for sitting on the leg. The tip of the top horn and the tip of the "tail" would be the points at which the rounded and squared parts make their transition.
For the pickup switching, i'm thinking of: 1) bridge humbucker (series); 2) outside coils of both humbuckers; 3) middle humbucker (series); 4) middle humbucker (parallel); and 5) neck pickup. Turning on the Sustainiac automatically selects the bridge pickup in series.
Hopefully i'll actually get to build it one of these days!