Point and case, do yourself a favour, and start a poll. This poll is purely hypothetical, and should adequately paint a picture, one it seems everyone is trying to paint. Set the price at $1300.00 (Easy gents - this is all hypothetical) Then ask people, who would you rather have build you a guitar? - Pondman - Yourself I guarentee people would go with pondman vs. you. He (from what I gather) is building guitars non stop.....because he enjoys it. He documents and details his trials and tribulations, failures, successes, and at no point (to my recollection) has advertised his work in the manner you have, yet Im sure theres at least 5 people on this forum who would throw money his way. He has an abvious chronological sucession in which his builds improved in quality, design ect ect. You have a single build. It's not rocket science that your offer has been met with some hostility. Especially in light of all the negativity surrounding the word "luthier" period (sorry guys but when I hear words like custom, luthier, run ect ect I just fvcking cringe) - But not to bash the legit guys out there. Additionally, one guitar will not suffice in terms of what you need experience with (not negating the time you spent repairing things) Take into account different materials, different techniques, tools ect ect. If someone asked you to do advanced inlay work or binding, could you consciously take their money knowing you have no experience building a guitar from the ground up with aformentioned requests? End of the day, just build guitars. Build something worth building, and take your dam time. If you dont have time to do it right the first time, dont bother. Additionally, theres some negativity flying around in this thread (for good reason) however, start building! Post your builds! Include us in your journey. I have seen what ss.org can do to/for a reputation, the positive side of that is you have a place full of cheerleaders (sounds funny but I mean it) and all the wisdom one could ask for. Tl;dr, quote my response, tell me to stick it, and prove me/us wrong!