Hello there! i am a newbie to this forum, so i'll start by saying "Hi, I'm Rick." now that the pleasantries are out of the way.... i'm an amateur luthier, at best, and i specialize mainly in basses. however i am currently building my first guitar and i feel this forum would be a good place to present my guitar build. now on to the good stuff... this project will be a 30" scale length 8 string with a poplar body and a set 5 piece (maple, red oak, curly maple) neck. here are a few pics of the progress please take a look and let me know your thoughts. in the meantime, check out the basses i have built: Bass Build #1 - TalkBass Forums Beardley Basses #2 - TalkBass Forums 10 String Bass/next bass build idea - TalkBass Forums Beardley Bass #4 - TalkBass Forums Beardley EUB build - TalkBass Forums look Beardley Guitars and Basses on facebook!