WARNING: THIS IS NOWHERE NEAR AS EPIC AS ALMOST EVERYTHING ELSE IN THIS FORUM. IF YOU WANTED EPIC, TURN AROUND NOW. any and all advice is accepted and loved So, as my first build, I didn't wanna spend a lot of money on expensive wood and hardware. I figured it should be mostly be a learning experience, not necessarily for the quality of the guitar. So keep that in mind. I'm not out of high school yet, so lots of help from my dad on this one. Total money spent: ~$80. $30 for a cheapo used Hamer Slamer. A strat knockoff. I used this to get various hardware parts like the strap screws, a pickup, the pots, etc. I also am using the neck from it, because building a neck...it is intimidating, to say the least. I cut the headstock off of the neck, and am putting the tuners at the bottom of the body. $0 for scrap pine. The body is made out of pine, and I designed it to be as minimalist and small as possible, while still having room for a 25" scale, a pickup, the bridge, and the tuners. $15 for the locking nut that will be going on the top of the headless neck $15 for the dyes. $20 for the bridge, which has not arrived yet. It is a GraphTech Reso Max bridge. Already had tung oil. This build has been awfully fun. The finish looks better than I had hoped, and it hasn't even been oiled yet. I probably should have started this thread when I was starting, but ehhhhh. I am now almost done, just waiting for the bridge to come in and to assemble it. I pray that the expert luthiers here are not too harsh time for pics of my progress so far. The guitar I stole parts from: Pine board with neck and plans drawn body cut out and routed (freehand, didn't use any jigs for the whole project) with the pickup resting in place to make sure it fits. tuning pegs and my other horrid freehand route: applying black stain: sanded black dye down a bit and added turquoise dye: another view of the pegs, before we dyed: location of the jack: You may notice the body is also all straight lines...I don't have a bandsaw so...heh. Made it easy on myself.