Pretty big update coming: Electronics! I am using Jeff Beck Hot Noiseless pickups, an Eric Clapton Midboost kit wired with a true bypass, One master volume, TBX master tone for Lowpass or Highpass filter, and one knob for the midboost level. Normal Fender 5-way switching. I mostly followed Awasson's wiring diagram found here. I also used a TBX tone though, so it is a little different. I shaved the corners off the PCB to get the boost to fit in, and used cardboard and a little plastic component bag to keep it from shorting: Here is the wiring all attached to the pickguard: And here is a peak inside at the boost fitting in the control cavity: Next step for me was getting the neck done. I have been scared of drilling the tuner guideholes. My process started by lining the tuners up with a straight edge and marking the location of the guideholes with pencil. Next, I took the tuners off and put a slight indent in the wood with a spring loaded dowel, which can be seen below: I clamped the neck down and brought it out to the drill press. I was very meticulous here. I checked the depth setting, triple checked the drilling location, and clamped the neck down separately for each of the 6 holes I drilled: And after all that worrying, the holes were drilled with no problems at all: With the tuners on, I had to put the neck and body together. I was slow with the neck screws, applied lots of bar soap to the threads, and made sure to stop and readjust if the screws weren't going in easily. The match went really well. I had two partial sets of strings that were both missing the high and low E-string, so I strung up the middle four strings to test the electronics: My first impressions of its playing so far (with only 4 strings, of course): I LOVE the roasted maple neck. It is fast and smooth, and smells kinda sweet, too. The tremelo is fun, and the $30 guitar fetish locking tuners are doing well despite its abuse I may have accidentally gotten a linear pot for my volume instead of audio. I bought it from a local shop, and it is a CTS pot, but it seems like the volume doesn't change much throughout its roll until it shuts off. Thoughts here? It also seemed to crackle a little bit... The TBX tone is interesting. I need to train my ear to hear it, but it does help reduce the boominess of the midboost. The midboost is nifty. I am glad I put a bypass switch in though. Even at its lowest level, it is significantly louder. It isn't very usable when it is rolled all the way on, though. I like the location I put the switch, it is very easy to access. I may still try to lower it some, we'll see. Everything is going well! Next up is drilling the holes for the pickguard and strap buttons, then I'm pretty much good to go. Any advice on how to drill for the strap button on the upper horn? Also, any thoughts on the taper of the volume pot? Does that description sound like a liner taper to anyone else? I may try to pick up a new pot tomorrow after work.