Hey guys, not sure if I should make a thread for this yet or not since it's in such an early stage, but I had the time and figured I might as well. I've never actually built a guitar before (but done plenty of kit builds and mods) so this is definitely a new experience for me. Any suggestions or tips you might have are more than welcome. Here are the plans as of right now: -Bopy: Pine body in the style of the Ibanez BTB basses (actually scaled down to fit a guitar neck and modified a bit, pics of the template are below.) -Neck: I haven't entirely decided thus far, I just know that I don't have the equipment to build one from scratch. My original plan was to use an old strat neck that I had lying around but lately I've been thinking of finding a cheap Fender knockoff neck and converting it to headless. -Hardware: Still undecided, depends on if I decide to go headless or not. There's a headless bridge I found online that doesn't seem to have a brand, just known as "licensed by K.D. patent." I've seen a couple favorable reviews, and while it's certainly not top-notch, it seems to not be total garbage. If anyone has any experience with these I'd love to hear about it. I really can't justify the hipshot or strandberg type hardware for this build. The bridge comes with a head piece, but I worry that If I attach it to a regular strat neck (with the headstock removed) that the truss rod will be inaccessible. I've thought about using a string-through method with ferrules behind the nut, or maybe just mounting a floyd nut behind the regular nut to lock the strings in place. Still haven't quite decided on that one. -Electronics: Super simple, just a single bridge humbucker and volume. I have an old Ibanez stock pickup lying around somewhere that I'll use. -Finish: Since the wood grain is not the greatest looking and the body is made of two dissimilar pieces, I figured I would hand it over to my art student sister and let her just go nuts with it. Whatever she does I'll protect it with a clear coat. I'm trying to keep costs down as much as I can, considering this is my first build and most likely won't be the best guitar ever. Almost all the parts going into this will be spares that I had lying around anyway. Here the pics of my progress so far: Templates for the body, pickup cavity, and neck pocket have been made. Scrap pieces of pine have been glued together. I thought it might make for a decent travel guitar if I go headless, but that will certainly make the build a bit pricier. What do you guys think? Should I try out this headless plan or just give it a regular strat neck?