Like I stated on my home page I build for the love of building them. I have tweaked my design to the point where I am quite confident I build a structurally sound, well playing and good sounding instrument with a level of craftsmanship that makes them an excellent value for the money. That being said I find myself getting just a tad bored with building what is essentially the same guitar over and over. Just to satisfy myself I've decided to build the occasional Deluxe Model where I can get anal and spend WAY too much time building an instrument to the highest level I can. This is also where I will try to expand my skills and attempt more advanced building techniques. Below is an outline of the main elements of the "Standard" instruments as compared to the Deluxe Model.
STANDARD: A standard headstock is offset, has a narrow face and a threaded bolt for a nut. Because of the narrow face the two outside strings are strung and tuned in the opposite direction of the middle string(s).
DELUXE: A Deluxe headstock is back angled, has a wide face and a bone nut. The wide face allows the tuners to be strung and tuned the same as a conventional guitar.
ACTION: The action (height of the strings above the fret board) is a tricky balancing act. High action makes it easier to play with a slide, especially for a newcomer to slide playing. Low action makes it easier to play with your fingers. I set the action on a standard CBG as high as I can while still being low enough to play comfortably with fingers. On a Deluxe CBG I will set the action lower. An inexperienced slide player may have a hard time playing slide without some knocking and rattling.