Today I’ve routed the final body template out of 3/8" good quality plywood and it came out very nice, much better than my previous templates that I made directly out of plywood.
Here’s the body template:
And here you can see the sides are straight, smooth and the curves very fluent. I think it comes close to a CNC routed template :
Furthermore, I’m in doubt about the neck pocket: not sure the neck pocket is large enough to support the neck and make a solid bolt-on join.
Here’s a close up:
The bass side of the neck pocket is 4" long, the center comes close to 4 3/8" and the treble side ends up being not much more than an inch.
Thinking to extend the neck under the pickguard untill it reaches the neck pickup.