Hey all, I'm looking at building my first from scratch - designing the body, putting together templates, routing/planing/finishing 'til my heart's content. I've taken some LP plans from electric herald and modified them some - I've changed the horn shape to allow for more access, changed to a bolt-on neck with ferrules and a sculpted heel, made the "waist" a bit thinner as well. I plan on using a cheap strat-style neck from china (this will be #1, so If I can get this working and like it #2 will have a USACG or Musikraft neck) and shaping the heel to match the heel carve. A couple questions: -What scale length should I go? Should I stick with the ToM/stop tail, tele plate or go for a strat-style hardtail with strings through? -How much actual purchase does the neck need in terms of being stable and strongly connected to the body? For example, there are a bunch of Ibanez and the like with little tiny neck heels...how small of a neck heel joint can I get away with? (I'm planning on mahogany for the body) -2V2T controls, or 1V1T? -In terms of making the top more of a "carved" feel - would using a panel-routing bit around the outside of the guitar look silly? -For future reference, If I decide to do a faux binding a la Kiesel/PRS, will a 1/16th roundover bit work? I'll add pics of what I'm thinking later, so feel free to tell me I'm silly to ask these questions. Thanks in advance!