A noisy pickup was found to be the cause of a loud buzz / hum while playing unless the tone was rolled completely down. The pickup was both screwed and glued to the pickguard, so heat was required to remove the pickup. The player chose to replace the Kent Armstrong pickup with a Bartolini 5J. Unfortunately, Bartolini only offers a fingerboard mount so I needed to make a custom pickguard mounting bracket out of brass.
The fret ends were sharp in the cutaway so they were dressed and the guitar strung up with flats.