Alright so today a few toys came in the mail. (finger plane, scraper, and 2 cam clamps). the finger plane really helped me get into the contours of the body and really clean things up. I spent about 4 or 5 hours today carving away with this tiny thing. Im pretty sure i'll have a huge blister or two, and im also pretty sure typing wont be as bad once my hand un-cramps. Needless to say it's loborious work, but its enjoyable and i like to see how the arch is taking shape. Here's a few pictures of the guitar and the new plane and scraper.
from far away it looks almost complete, but theres still plenty or planing and sanding to do.