Hi everybody! First, a bit of introduction: I’m really a bassist, and I’ve been building basses for the last ten years. I’m sorta getting decent at it. But I’ve joined another band as a keyboard player, and this band’s repertoire includes a few songs that don’t actually have any key parts. So rather than sit there and watch my mates bash away on their guitars, I figured I’d join them. I did build one guitar about five years ago, and that’s the one I’ve been practicing and rehearsing on. It’s a Les Paul Special double-cut, quilt maple over sapele for the body, three-piece rock maple neck, pau ferro fretboard, a pair of P90s, and a wraparound bridge. Plays pretty well, but I’ve improved my skills since then, so I thought I’d give the skinny strings another whirl. My tastes have always run to the Gibson side of the spectrum, mainly because of my dislike for the numerous shortcuts and compromises that Leo institutionalized. Granted, the man was a genius of pragmatism, but that which is beneficial for mass modular production isn’t necessarily that which is optimal for the player. Still, I’ve recently taken a shine to the Tele shape; I even built one up into a bass a few years ago. Now I’ve decided to build another, to add to my six-string collection. Only I got a little bit over-excited and wound up with two bodies. I’m cheating here a little bit, and using pre-made bodies. Sometimes I make everything from scratch, sometimes I use a purchased body with a home-built neck, and sometimes I make the body to fit a purchased neck. It’s all good, as long as the end result works. Here’s a photo of the two bodies. On the left is an inexpensive one from an eBay seller - it has a variety of woods, so I’m calling it the Butcher Block. The other came from Warmoth, a minimally-spec’ed (read: inexpensive) Black Korina beauty. Also in the photo is my LMII-slotted Mac ebony fretboard and a variety of headstock templates. I’ve had them now for about a month, but I keep changing my mind on exactly how to build them up. I have a few neck blanks in stock, and right now I think I’m going with this walnut/maple/walnut/maple/walnut billet: It’s thick enough for two necks. I’m not a traditionalist, so I’ll be deviating quite a bit from the canonical specifications: 25” scale length, original headstocks, humbuckers, my own preferred body contours, sculpted neck heels, perhaps even some quirky wiring. And, there’s still a chance that the Butcher Block could wind up as a medium-scale (32”) bass. Maybe even headless! (The keen eye will notice four black ABM monorail bridge/tuner assemblies in place as a bit of a mock-up) It’s still really really hot here, but as soon as it cools down some I’ll begin making some real progress. Thanks for having me, and I hope you enjoy the thread!