The new back is made from African Mahogany, which I purchased from Stewart MacDonald Lutherie Supply. I stained the rim slightly reddish to better match the new back. The neck is one-piece poplar, with a rosewood fingerboard. I refinished the neck itself, but left the old fingerboard alone. I faced the peg head with an overlay of tortoise shell. These open-back tuners came with the neck. This shot shows the results of the neck angle adjustment. At the saddle break, the strings are lifted about 5/8" off of the face, so the set up is more like an arch top then a flat top. This gives the guitar a very punchy, loud sound. The neck joins the body at the 13th fret instead of the traditional 12th, but the sound is still very characteristic of traditional Stella tone - with a sound hole pick-up, this guitar is one of the best sounding blues axes I own. This shot through the sound hole shows the label I manufactured for my "hybrid creation".