Here's an account of my first partscaster build, hopefully others can benefit from my mistakes, happy and unhappy accidents, and the ultimately rewarding experience I had putting this guitar together. I blame it all on TDPRI and give my heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped. In this thread from January, I figured out how I'd proceed with a partscaster baritone build, to replace my too-heavy Eastwood Sidejack baritone. Ideally I wanted a conversion neck on a tele body with a Fender-type vibrato bridge. I had a pair of gold lipstick humbuckers from Artec that I planned to use, so needed HH routes, and cosmetically the gold pickups dictated gold hardware overall. For the wood type, I mainly just wanted it "not too heavy," and planned a natural finish, since I generally like woodgrain if it's not ugly (and I'm not the best spray-painter). The only real rule was, I wanted it to look different, and darker, than the natural finish (Formby's 'tung oil') of the 12-string tele I made from a kit. That kit build, plus simple guitar tinkering over the years, making a few nuts etc., and recently installing a Strat neck and trem bridge for a friend, constituted my main experience in 'building' guitars, and this would be my first partscaster from separately purchased parts. So, after much good advice and getting things sorted out, I got things started by buying a GFS HH/strat-trem routed tele body, no holes drilled except neck holes (which were off, but no big deal). I have to thank Danjabellza for linking me to that deal. (Front has mineral spirits to show grain.) Now the thing I remember hearing about poplar, is that it takes stain unevenly. But did I listen? Of course not!