Celestia
Celestia is meant to be a celebration of the natural world in guitar form.
The most initially striking feature is the long irregular F-holes. How they came about is that I got a hold of a piece of box elder crotch wood, sliced it so it was book matched and joined it for a top plate. It has a variety of figure and the spectacular trademark box elder red streaks that have a kind of auroral look about them. What's open space now were originally bark inclusions but when I carved the top to thickness (About 3/16", thicker than a normal archtop so as to get the best effect from the F-hole edges.) I was able to just shove the bark out and clean up the edges with a dental pick. There are small braces so crossing the void so the edges don't drift out of plane. Moreover there are several blocks which attach the neck thru stub directly to the top as well as the bridge.
There are in-progress photos that show the insides at: DarkStarGuitars Facebook page.

I suppose the second thing one would notice is the inlay. There are around one hundred mother of pearl stars inlaid in the ebony fretboard. They're four pointed stars as five pointed ones are childish and dots are somewhat boring. They're all at an angle to suggest the effect of viewing the stars through a telescope. At the octave is a stylized sun inlay, a crescent moon at the fifteenth and a sparkly star at the ninth. The other fret positions are marked by a gravity lensing star at the third, Orion's belt at the fifth, a siamesed pair at the seventh, an oversized star centered at the seventeenth, a comet at the nineteenth and a centered star at the twenty first. The fretboard has a red purfling strip bounded in by a white/black/white purfled ebony binding.
The neck's walnut and maple with a rosewood heel cap. The headstock has a matching box elder headcap notched for access to the dual action trussrod. The tuners are Sperzel locking tuners.
Despite being a naturalistic type guitar this is in no way an acoustic. It's patterned after the old jazz guitars, obviously, but the top is held immobile with the neck thru stub. It's direct attachment, especially at the bridge, does a great deal for it's sustain as well. Since this is an electric and there was only a spot for one pickup I figured I better go all out so I built my favorite slightly overwound P-90. It's in the mid 9k range, wax potted and with some extra shielding. It's topped by more box elder that's been epoxy coated for durability and then surrounded by a stock P-90 cover with the center removed which is held on by a pair of screws on the front and back sides of the pickup. A fat, powerful single coil was achieved.
The tailpiece is polished ebony done up in the modern jazz guitar style. It's narrower than the string spacing so the strings all taper in, which I thought was cool. It's held in place by an allen cap screw.
This is obviously a one of a kind instrument. I would love to build more in this style but as you might imagine it takes a while to find the right piece of wood to pull it off. I should like to mention, as a last little bit, that I had the idea to do this before I had the piece of wood to do it with, so that's a trick isn't it?
It sounds like: Sound Sample