Hello to all. I'm a new member of this forum and found it in conjunction with my decision to try a little guitar building for personal enrichment. For a lot of reasons, I've chosen to spend my time with the Telecaster type designs as I learn the guitar building ropes...the design is straight forward without getting involved in the "more complicated" neck angles, is adaptable to a wide variety of pickup setups and is a bit different than what I own now. I'm recently retired from full time work in the telecom industry and formalized my decades long woodworking avocation into a part-time retirement business which is primarily commission work for furniture, cabinetry, equestrian storage and signs. I also do subcontract work for a local chair-maker. Musically, I'm a keyboard player since about age 6, but it's been a very, very long time since I played for money...which ironically entailed playing bass for a couple of summers "because somebody had to do it" and learning enough guitar (and quickly) a few years later to "play second fiddle" on covers that required two guitars. Much to my surprise, that worked ok and I enjoyed it. I happen to own a vintage Kramer 6-string, electric with the aluminum horseshoe neck ... I traded a Fender Rhodes piano that weighed about "fourteen tons" for it in the mid-1980s. Trust me, the Kramer guitar is unbelievably heavy, too. Which brings me to the present...building some guitars when I'm not doing commission work that hopefully look and sound nice. I have the tools (including CNC) and the craftsmanship to do the fabrication and finishing and have some design ideas that I want to explore once I get a basic instrument built and setup. Thankfully, I also have a good friend who has outstanding guitar skills to help with finessing the setup and testing...my playing skills are unfortunately rudimentary. Our parrots make more pleasing noises. I'm already enjoying a lot of content posted in this forum and anticipate more learning over time. I'll probably have some stupid questions, too...go easy, please.