Body and neck assembled (the soul will have to wait). Back and top trimmed. That's it for now.
This is a new silhouette; also a new mode of construction for me: the piece of wood (two bookmatched pieces in this instance) making up the soundboard extends all the way up the neck; so it is glued onto the sides and the neck as well, ensuring perfect horizontal flatness. The fretboard, made of hardwood, will come later.
The soundboard is made of Western red cedar: I just chanced upon a board with an unusually yellow tinge and a diversity of hues, full of character.