Really coming together now. Soldered the horn to the bottom plate, neck joint is glued and tight, and the hardware is fitted and drilled. There is still a long way to go as far as the resonator goes. May be trying a few methods and going with what works best. As of now I think my cover plate is muffling the resonator. Trying more coil tension?
I got pretty anal about getting the grain count and the overall grade of wood to match the existing neck with the newly carved body. Also when you only have one glue joint that's end grain it's worth the time to make it a suction fit. There will be a button cover to add some extra strength as well as an embedded post.