Oh boy that thread title is a bit of a mouthful, but that's exactly what I'm building. lately I've been really missing having an 8 string laying around, specifically my old Strandberg OS8 that I foolishly sold. Because of this I'm using dimensions from Strandberg for the scale length, neutral fret, fretboard width, and also going for an endurneck shape (roughly). I know its a bit of a joke around here to say "I really want an 8 string for the chord voicing options and range", but then get the guitar and just play 0-0-0-0-1-0 all day, however that's exactly what I want one for, so much so that I decided to go all out and just build a nice little portable acoustic. In order to keep things simple I'm carving the body out of a single piece of wood, which saves me from having to worry about creating forms, and worrying about bracing. The trade off is I'll lose some volume, but I'm not too stressed about that. Specs: African mahogany body 45mm Spruce top 3.4mm Roasted maple neck Wenge fretboard 28 - 26.5 inch scale length Neutral 6th fret Apollo headless hardware (joint venture between Tengda, and an Aussie luthier) I'm using up the rest of my black maple veneer to make a 9 piece quartersawn neck, should be plenty stable. Laying out the bridge placement and designing the body shape.