So some background. Around 5 years ago, my daughter asked if I could make her a guitar. So I built 3/4 scale PRS style guitars for her and for my son. A couple years later, I built one for my 3rd child. Each time I pick one up and play it, I really enjoy it, so I've told myself I should build one for myself sometime. I am finishing up the Baryon and decided I needed something to inspire me. I poked around my stash and found a piece of nicely figured maple that was too small for a normal guitar and resawed it to create a top about 5/16" thick. I then found a piece of beautiful, quartered anigre that is too narrow for a standard sized guitar. I pulled out some nicely figured maple for the neck and scarfed it up. I still need to decided what to do for a fret board. I decided to call this Mini ME because PRS makes the Modern Eagle, frequently referred to a ME. Now, this won't have nearly the accoutrements that an ME does, but it should still be a little showy. Anyway, as many of you know, I like to do new stuff each time I build, so for this build, I want to try a few new things: - An inlay design I've been kicking around for several years - A tiger eye finish - A dyed maple neck and heastock to match the top - Headstock binding - Firebird pickups So here are some photos of what I've got so far: The anigre (still needs planing) The maple top The maple for the neck (I couldn't capture the figure very well, it's quite nice figure) Now for a few general specs: - ~22" scale length (lop off first two frets from a 25.5" scale length) - Firebird pickups - Tiger eye finish - Curly maple drop top on anigre body - Curly maple neck - Dark fretboard Now, a couple questions I would like to put to the brain trust. 1. With how thin the top is, I think I want to do binding on the body, neck, and headstock so that I can do deeper bevels on the top. The finish will be tiger eye, so I am contemplating plain white, plain cream, white pearloid, or abalonoid (pearloid with abalone colors, see below). I am thinking of doing the abalonoid for my inlay, so that would match, but I also plan on having tuner buttons that will likely be some kind of pearloid or white or something. Thoughts? Would pearloid binding just look cheesy? 2. I found lots of great options for inlay material at Rothko and Frost, and I am thinking of doing two tone inlay. One will be the abalonoid stuff. I am thinking that perhaps doing their "tiger pearloid" might be cool too: 3. For the fretboard, I want something dark. I would prefer to go with something I have on hand, but at the same time, I am loathe to use something like ebony on this little guy. I have cocobolo, afrormosia, pau ferro, bloodwood, and ebony. I'm kind of leaning pau ferro, but am open to opinions. So there we have it. No idea how fast this will go, but it should be fun.