Alright everyone, the time has finally come. Ever since I joined this forum, I dreamed of having a build thread of my own. It's been my dream to build my own guitar for as long as I've been playing them. Finally I have the resources, time, and money to do so. So, if you will, join me on my journey of learning how to build guitars! Original Guitar #1: So my original plan was to just make a Blackmachine clone, but then I got a spark of creativity. I took a Blackmachine blueprint and built a new body and headstock from it. So the neck pocket and neck dimensions are a Blackmachine. So for the specs, I kept it pretty cheap and nothing fancy. Since it's my first, if I screw up, it's not a huge loss. Specs: - 3pc Ash Body - 1pc Birdseye Maple Neck - Ziricote Fretboard - Ziricote Cap on Headstock - Jumbo Nickel Frets - Tung oil Finish - Hipshot bridge - Hipshot Tuners - 1 push/pull Volume and 3 way switch To be determined: - No Dots or dots like my blueprint - If I do binding on the body, I will stain the top black and keep the back and sides natural - If no binding then I will stain the whole body with just a darker tint to make the ash warmer looking - Pickups are TBD After practicing some wood working the past week, yesterday I officially started. I was able to make a template: There is something just so satisfying seeing your work in Photoshop finally in full size. Thanks for stopping by!