So, after about two weeks, the thinline body that will be the base for my next partscaser has finally arrived in the mail! Two f-holes, a very nice flame maple top and a body made from walnut. My plan is to stain the top to make a nice brown burst, and then treat the whole thing with truoil. Neck pickup will be either a P90 or a minihum, bridge pickup undecided. As for the bridge itself, I think a Hipshot Baby Grand could be a cool look, but as the body is pre drilled, I don't know how well the holes can be covered up. Feel free to comment and post suggestions about everything from the technical to the aesthetic. I'm looking to be inspired! Here's the body with some pickups on top just to help visualize what it might come to look like. I have this pretty cool wooden P90-cover that would go either in the bridge or the neck if I just take of the dogears first. And a shot of it next to my other partscaster, just for reference. I'm actually considering fitting the neck and hardware to the thinline body just to fel it out. Originally, I had intended it to be a completely crazy guitar with a fretless neck made from exotic wood and a sustainer pickup, voiced for weird jazz fusion. As time has passed, however, I'm starting to stear away from that idea. See, I had bought a really cool cocobolo strat neck from ebay, that I was going to reshape and defret. My expectations for it were really high. Got a ridicilously low price for it as well. Then, my luck ran out and the neck was restricted in customs due to a CITES-violation. I guess I should have known better, snd in the end no harm done as ebay garantuees a full refund whenever an item fails to be delivered, no matter the reason. Still, the whole thing bumed me out, and I kinda lost a little steam. See, to me, the charm with building a partscaster is having a pretty clear of the sound I want to achive, but a not so clear idea of how I'm going to get there. Alot of times, I believe we tend to get stuck with ideas of what it is that we want in terms of gear, and miss out on exploring the less known stuff. Therefore, I buy mostly odd stuff, used or through small unknown companies instead of going for the mainstream products. For one thing, this keeps the cost down, but most of all it ensures that I will end up with a completely unique guitar that is totally tailored to my needs as a musician. This mishapp, however, left a sour taste, and has taken the fun out of scouring the internet after unique, exotic necks. Now, I think I'll either just buy something generic like a normal maple neck, or order a warmoth build that is backed with the correct CITES-certification. It will probably work out fine, but just not as fun. The last straw came when I suddenly got an offer of buying several very nice custom guitars from a guy that is closing down his buiness for a very good price. I'm really excited, but of course this kinda drained my funds a bit. Also my mind started working and I think one of these guitars might be cool as a fretless project instead, so I'll funnel my energy into that one. As for now, this project will probably be put on ice for a while. I still wanted to share it with you guys though, and I'll make sure to come back with updates whenever I get things going again.