Some christmases ago, my dad and I figured that as our winter project we would try to assemble one of those telecaster kits. We both had high expectations of the project's fun factor but low expectations of the end product, after all we're both impatient and at the time knew about as much about setting up guitars as that guy playing smells like teen spirit at your local Guitar Center. We both tended to be take it out the box and don't mess with anything type guitar players. However, after about a week of hard work with some highs and some lows (who knew soldering was hard?) we managed to put the thing together and it could not have turned out better. Its absolutely beautiful and plays and sounds like a charm, and to the surprise of both of us it is now my favourite guitar by a long shot. Yes the bridge is slightly crooked, the headstock has a mark from when our sawblade give up, but somehow its given this thing character and I love it more everyday I play it. Here you can see our bridge alignment was off but luckily not by too much the intonation adjustment couldn't account for it. However, you can see that on the last 5 or so frets the wound e-string is very much at the edge of the fingerboard, the blessing in disguise being that I don't tend to reach for it that high up the neck anyways and it gives me more space for vibrato with the high e. The color couldn't have turned out better IMO, I know relics are always a bit controversial but it's a $100 build and I like the look. A close up of those headstock marks I mentioned, the entire thing is slightly wonky but I hand-sanded it. Because of the success of this project armed with our new skills and knowledge we've ordered a new slightly higher end custom kit, which will take the rough shape of a Gretsch Falcon (hopefully!). We'll do our best in trying to be more patient this time around and do everything right (probably a bigger challenge than any part of the build, yoga classes or something maybe?).