Strung up in the white. This way I can get a rough setup and look for major problems.
What lousy photo composition. It’s not something I’m good at. Should have taken it outside, but I want the wood to acclimate to indoor temperature and humidity. (The neck made a nice hygrometer in the garage.)
The nut is too high. Although this was intentional and will be lowered after finishing.
The E string is too close to the edge of the fretboard because the neck taper isn’t symmetrical.
The solution is to not bend that string while playing, I guess. And to move the nut over towards the treble side just a bit. That’s why you leave the nut wide until you’ve done everything else.
Edited to add: The problem appears to be a bridge in the wrong location, not an asymmetrical fretboard. (Off-center and possibly rotated a bit.) And the solution is, of course, to redrill the mounting holes and put it in the right place.
I realized after I installed the bridge that I hadn’t drilled a hole for the bridge ground wire. So that’s something to do before breaking out the sandpaper.