As mentioned in my intro thread, I bought another kit to try my hand at. http://www.tdpri.com/forum/welcome-wagon/228320-my-intro-its-long.html#post2696688 It showed up today so I thought I'd start a build thread for it. I've also got two bike projects underway right now so I'm not sure how quickly this will go together, but here it is. I got it off of eBay, from a store that has quite a few different kit options, including double neck guitars and hollow bodies. http://stores.ebay.com/Reid-and-Son-Violin-Company This one was a "buy it now" for $139, including shipping. I thought it would be a good way to experiment with finishing the body and neck, plus give me an idea of how much I liked 12 string electric guitars before I plunked down big money to buy a "real" one. Make no mistake, I'd much prefer to be putting another Warmoth together but come on. $139? A cheap education if you ask me. Here's what was awaiting me when I got home from work today. No brand name on the box - nothing. Packaging was ok. I think the ebay store must open them up and check them before shipping, the box was taped shut with the staples not, um, stapling anything. It also looked like the components had been re-wrapped after leaving whatever overseas factory this came out of. Here's what you get for $139. The cheapo 3-way switch was no surprise, but there were a few things I didn't expect to see. I wasn't sure if it had binding or not, the ebay ad made it look like it might but I couldn't be sure. The neck is no great piece of wood with a few knots and maybe a small crack developing at the end of the fretboard? (The fret board is glued on, this is not a one piece neck) Doesn't look like it will be an issue but I'll check it closer when I have time. Looks like the body is made up of three pieces. The ad claims it's basswood. I'm no expert on wood so I'll assume it is. It's still pretty fuzzy and there are some minor tear outs at some of the holes, but nothing that will cause issues. According to the Warmoth site, Basswood is rather soft and easily damaged. This body has a few dings it already but again, nothing I saw should cause a problem. Surprise #1. The bridge has intonation adjustments for the octave strings too. Wasn't expecting that. Granted it doesn't look like a top-end bridge but it's nicer than I expected. Six strings go through the body, six are toploaded. Sounds like a takeoff of the Gotoh bridge but I've never seen one to know how close it is. The frets have some sharp edges and they look a little too beveled to me, but we'll see how it goes together. I think they overdid the rounding of the fingerboard edge? The neck* seems pretty wide, but it IS a 12 string after all! I'll put a caliper on it at some point but for now I'd say it's about 1/8 wider than my Warmoth neck, which is a 1 11/16"* IIRC. So there it is. Now to decide on a finish. I had been thinking Butterscoth Blonde but in surfing the Telecaster forum it seems that's what everybody does to their tele so now I'm thinking some sort of white... not sure if the grain is prominent enough for a Mary Kaye finish to work? Neck will likely be either Tru Oil or a satin finish from Reranch. A couple other comments/observations. The wires from the pickups are shielded, which I didn't expect. I'm not sure how high quality they are, but it's a nice attempt anyway. The binding is already pulling away from one side of the neck pocket and will need to be reglued. If that's the worst problem I have I'll be ecstatic. The neck fit seems good, I'm happy with it. The pick guard and screws look kinda crude. Might order something up from GFS if it starts to bug me. The top two holes for the mounting screws for the bridge haven't been drilled yet. Hopefully the bottom ones give a good enough fit that bridge alignment won't be an issue. No instructions! In fact no literature of any kind. Absolutely no brand name on anything, anywhere. IIRC the ebay ad did mention the store would send instructions through e-mail if requested. I]m more interested in instructions on wood finishing at this point so that's no big deal, but if this were someone's first experience with this sort of thing it might be a bit disconcerting! All in all, it's about what I was expecting with a few nice surprises. If I had to choose one thing I don't have much confidence in at this point it'd be the neck... would it be stupid to spend $200 on a Warmoth neck for my $139 "tele" clone?