After the success I enjoyed making my first guitar last year, I've decided to get a little more complicated this time around. Hollow bodies are my true passion, so I'm going to take a stab at one, though my construction will differ from the traditional acoustic style build with bent sides and such. Much of my inspiration for technique is drawn from this old Gibson. This particular example is walnut, with a carved top and back joined together clamshell style. The technique was pioneered by Orville Gibson himself and is the basis for his one and only patent. I will also use walnut, though Orville used spruce for the top. Since I'm aiming to tame feedback and am not worried about acoustic volume, I will used walnut for the top as well. Much of the construction will be done with hand tools and I'm finding time to work on it when I can, so it will likely be a slow build, so bear with me. You wont see me making a whole pile of templates, either, so the machinists among us will probably cringe. Im more an artist and a wood carver than i am a builder, so i tend to jut do things with measuring tools and marks more than templates. I view templates as preparation for production work...for the sake of repeat ability. Since I have no plans to ever make a second one of these, I don't much care whether I have tools on hand to make copies. I'll bring you all up to date to current status.