I chose to use the ebony fretboard with the swoop of brown coloring. I discovered that it had a natural dot and I oriented it so that this dot was at the 12th fret- a natural octave marker! I cut the space out for the neck in the body. This has an extra long tenon which terminates at the bridge pickup cavity. I really didn’t want to put in a neck reinforcing rod, but decided at the last minute to do so. I think the 5 piece neck with the thick ebony fretboard would’ve been OK, but I chickened out.
I discovered “Thuya Burl” at my local exotic lumber supply and chose to use it as the headstock inlay.