Meanwhile, here is the box for the gift guitar with the back stained dark walnut to match the neck (more or less) and the front stained a "Golden Pecan." The back will get a coat of gloss polyurethane while the front will get a satin finish.
The scarf joint on the 2-string (below) was hand cut and is a little off, but still usable.
I also added a decorative heel to the 2-string neck where it meets the box, and it left a small gap around the edge of the heel. I attempted to fill that gap with a mixture of wood glue and sawdust. The picture below was taken before sanding, but even after it still ain't pretty. Lesson learned.
Here I'm using a small pin vise to drill holes for the side fret position markers on the 2-string. I decided to go with simple black furniture tacks on the 2-string and tiny brass screws on the 3-string, since they'll show up nicely against the darker wood.
That's it for now. Next post will probably feature the finished or almost finished guitars!