I realized I don’t have a place holder nut so I made a little block of ebony do the trick for now. I’ve been waiting for a full string up to hear the resonance and character of the guitar and I am completely happy.
The tuners are now installed and the screws in the back went in without needing pilot holes. I’m going to order a thicker baseplate because it’ll be easier to clear the frets. This works but I’ll get an additional 0.11 in clearance vs 0.06 from the guitar surface with this base.
Check it out!