This is my first Tele-type build. I've built some 3 and 4 string cigar box guitars but this is my first 6 string. I sort of had an idea I might post some pics when it was all done…but after seeing some of the other build threads I decided to provide some entertainment as it unfolds. After all, what do we live for but to give our neighbors sport? That said I'm already a ways into this build so I'll reconstruct how I got here as best I can over a few posts. So here goes my first TDPRI thread. I have two real goals. End up with a guitar to start learning 6 string. I'm a novice guitar player and enjoy the open tunings typical with cigar box guitars. I didn't really start out with the idea of even wanting to play six string. I mean…I've only got four fingers…what's up with that? But playing three and four string at some point you think to yourself…if only I had another string say…oh I dunno… maybe four half steps lower…and the light comes on. So anyway I'm going to give it a go. Make as many build mistakes as I can as fast as I can. This approach has worked very well with the cigar box guitars so I see little reason to change it…and I'm really good at the making mistakes part so there's a real sense of accomplishment there. Body: Basswood - found a decent piece for cheap at a local lumber store. A bit soft - dunno if I'd use it again but there are things I like about it. Anyway, press on. Neck: Hard maple from the odds and ends bin at same lumber store. Fretboard: TBD Pickups: Wilde (Bill and Becky Lawrence) L48TL bridge, L-500C neck Pickup Selector: 5 position, push/pull vol/tone. Still noodling on wiring. Bridge: Gotoh six saddle Finish: Natural'ish. More in a later post. First few steps as seen in pic. Cut the basswood board in half and join. Plane to thickness (a bit more than 1 3/4") with a hand plane. I like using hand tools. Made paper template in Visio from tele pictures on google along with dimensions of the parts, which arrived by that time. Trace body and cavities with a knife through the template. Used a drill press and forstner bit to remove a lot of the waste from the cavities. I don't like using hand tools that much.