Wow, this has become addicting. I'm looking for some advice on a few points before I start on the next project, mainly with the neck construction. I'm about 80% complete on the planning so far with the goal to surpass the 2nd build and not make any of the same mistakes. Here are the specs of what I'm looking to build so far: Style: 7 string bolt-on neck Scale: 27" Bridge: Hipshot Hard Tail Tuners: Hipshot open tuners - 4 bass/3 treble- SK1 black buttons (ignore the drawing) Pickups: EMG 57-7x/66-7x (haven't tried this before, may also go with 81/85 or try some SD's) Electronics: 1 toggle, 1 volume Body: Black Limba 1 piece Top: Burl Poplar 3/8" thickness - slight carve top Neck: Figured Macassar Ebony - Carbon reinforcement Fret board: Pale Moon Ebony or Macassar Ebony Head Stock: Custom 4x3 with Burl Poplar laminate Nut: Black Tusq XL Frets: 24 Medium Jumbo (StewMac) Truss Rod: Spoke wheel at neck pocket Finish: Tru-Oil on neck / Poly on body I spent a lot more time on Sketchup to get the design better, and have been comparing against my existing guitars/templates to get it right. Once it's finalized I'll probably try a clear template from eMachineshop to use as a master. Shape is similar to the previous build but a little more developed. Basically a super strat with a slight carved top. Probably go with 1 5/8" total thickness. The top curve is meant for the tummy cut on the backside. Here's the top wood, I haven't decided whether to keep it natural or do some type of dye/stain burst with black. Body wood, not as nice as the previous piece I had but still good and 1 piece. I ordered this piece of quarter sawn figured Macassar ebony. It's plenty long but about 2.75" wide, but not wide enough for the headstock without either adding laminates or tacking on pieces to widen it at the top. Seeing all the other PME fret boards turned into impulse purchase. I got "B" on the right. The original fretboard I bought is Macassar Ebony, I'll likely save this for future use. Ok, questions: If I laminate the neck as a 5 piece, any recommendations for the accent wood? I haven't done a laminate neck before, so that would be something new. I've read I want to keep the grains opposite for strength. Thinking of doing either a pearloid or ebony binding. Any suggestions? I've never done binding before.