Most of you are familiar with the NOS Astro Jet bodies that are still floating around. Apparently Gretsch thought they'd be a huge seller so they knocked up a boatload of bodies. Afterwards this huge stash got moved around a couple of times and eventually sold off in lumps. (I don't know who these belong(ed) to) They are made of some nice 100 year old Honduran Mahogany which can be kind of 'weighty'. Anyhow, as part of my Spring Sale @wildeman wanted me to put together one of these bodies with an Epiphone bolt on 12 string neck. Right now, the @firebomber SA-15 is on hold waiting for more clear coat to arrive so I'll be dividing time between this and the neck through Jazz Bass. First order of business it to convert the body to accept a bolt on neck. This consisted of squaring off the original neck tenon rout in the body and then making a block to glue in there, effectively starting over as far as neck pocket goes. As you can see, this body has that cool 'bottom of the ocean for 40 years' look going. It'll probably take longer to make it look good than the rest of the build combined. The Epiphone neck is a 25.5" scale so that means I don't have to worry about the bridge hitting the bridge pickup rout, plenty of room there (different story on the Corvette bodies). The Epi neck heel is identical to a Telecaster luckily so my StewMac neck template worked like a charm. As you can see here, the 20th fret overhangs too much. I dared not go any shallower with the pocket as there would be insufficient area to run the screws through and still be safe. Luckily, one doesn't spend much time up at the 'dusty end' on a 12 string, so off it came. Trimmed fretboard and the bridge position. I plugged the original holes in the neck heel and drilled new ones and it went together as planned. Also expanded the pickup routs to accept the humbucker-sized pickups that's going in here. Got some of the crud scraped off also.