The double-neck build is on ice while the lacquer cures. (And, frankly, while I wait for a thickness planer to come up on Craigslist at a price that doesn't make me choke.) While I'm waiting, I thought that a kitcaster would be a fun project, and because I'm sick to death of the spray gun, it's definitely a stain-and-oil project. I love me some twelve-string, and a few weeks back, I found an eBay seller who had a seemingly-endless stream of twelve-string telecaster kits ending every few days at luck-of-the-draw prices, so, with a little patience, was able to pick one up for under fifty bucks plus shipping. At that price, you can't really go wrong. I don't know if it's the same seller but it it sure seems like the same kit that became the subject of threads in 2012 by Zuzax and in 2010 by DesmoDog, so that tells me what to expect. Those kits claimed to be basswood; this one claims to be "empress wood" ("paulownia tomentosa", says Dr Google.) Never heard of it, but some googling says that it's rated at 300 lbf, lower than even basswood's 410 lbf. That seems really low—ominously, one woodworking site calls it "the other balsa"—but for the price, it's worth a shot, especially since it comes with at least a partial TDPRI endorsement. The kit arrived today, and given DesmoDog's comprehensive coverage, I won't waste your time with extensive unboxing pictures or comments—just a few general observations and a couple of pics. From reading the (very helpful) earlier threads, there's a lot of unknowns to check off, some of which I can answer immediately, having unboxed it: Body issues - Binding could be flaky, hole alignments might be off. Answered: Everything seems fine at first glance, although the alignments will need to be checked. A couple of minor cosmetic issues. Two pieces, quite visibly-so, although not so much so that I have to abandon the plan to stain-and-oil. This sucker is liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight—2.4lbs. (even Warmoth's chambered tele bodies are 4lbs.) Neck—scale length? Measurements? Fits in the neck pocket? Answered: 25.5" scale; .954" thick at the first fret (cf. the Warmoth '59 Roundback), 1.906" wide at the nut (almost exactly what my 12 acoustic is, and fractionally narrower than my 7); and no, the neck's 2.311" wide at the 21st fret; the pocket is milled to 2.28", so some light router work there. Pick guard may be no good. If so, I have a white one sitting on the shelf, and if that doesn't work, I could live with ordering a tortoisehell one. (I'm appreciative to DesmoDog for many laughs from this line: "One of my golden retrievers saw that and opined that if I gave her a sheet of plastic she could probably chew one out that'd look about the same. Trace the outline in peanut butter and let her have at it....") Answered: Not bad, actually. Its edge could use, like the body and neck, a final sanding pass. It could use reshaping on the horn to match the curve. Missing, defective, or substandard parts - I assume that, for the price, I should count myself lucky if they're not el cheapo plastic. Partial answer: At first blush, not bad. Bargain, certainly, but not bargain-basement. First-floor. May need a string retainer and replacement screws / strap buttons. Pickup positioning may be off, and pickups themselves may be duff. Neck may need a shim. Unlike DesmoDog, I do like teles and maple fingerboards, and I'm ambivalent on binding, so I'm quids-in no matter what. The plan is to stain it blue (Minwax's "island water blue") and tung-oil it; probably to take a belly-scoop out of the back, too, given how easily-workable the wood is. My biggest anxiety having unboxed it is that the balsa comparison doesn't seem far off; it's so very light and one fears fragile. When people here have built pinecasters, there has been talk of a hardening agent—necessary here, do you think?