Hello all, Just starting this thread to go from start to finish of my 6 string build. The reasoning behind the build to start off with is partially for a university assignment, I will be building the guitar with HAND TOOLS, no CNC's no routers, no power tools. I've got about 12 weeks from now to have it done, I'll update this possibly weekly, maybe more frequently depending on what's happening etc. I'm hoping this thread will inform everyone how much work actually goes into building a guitar from scratch, I haven't even started the build yet and I'm already losing sleep. Now for the fun stuff, here's the specs: Curly Maple top 2 piece Walnut body 1 piece Curly Maple set-neck Pacific Blackwood Finger Board 25.5 inch scale Bareknuckle Aftermath covered calibrated set* 1 vol 1 tone 3 way switch* Hipshot Bridge* Schaller locking machine heads 3-a-side* 500k CTS pots* (things marked with * haven't been bought yet) Total budget from start to finish is around $1600 at the moment including the tools that I'm going to be using. And heres a picture of the top I've sourced: Obviously not the shape that is drawn on. I've got someone drawing up the designs on 3DS Max, when he's finished I'll chuck the designs up saving you from seeing my dodgy drawing skills. The neck has arrived today too, I'll be picking it up and getting it prep'ed for some intense shaping. Wish me luck, especially with routing using chisels, files and sandpaper, it going to be a long 12 weeks, hopefully my patience will hold up. Let me know what you think of the build below and any advice or any questions are welcomed!