Hi everyone, I been reading a lot of posts over here for the past 5 months or more and learning as much as I can, but less than I'd want to Of course I planned to build a telecaster sometime as being lefty doesn't come with plenty of options for guitars to choose from, but I still don't have all the tools I think I need to do all the woodworking myself: Router + table: check tablesaw: check drillpress:check jointer:diy conversion from 3 1/4" hand power planer but works so, check Missing: thickness planer and bandsaw, living in mexico makes this tools quite expensive, but some day Therefore, the guitar build plan remained a plan only... until my wife asked a couple of weeks ago what I want as a gift for my upcoming birthday... and by then I knew one could find diy guitar kits on ebay :idea: Again, living in mexico makes things complicated as not everyone/every item in ebay ships outside the US, but I thought "let's look anyway" and lo and behold, there was a telecaster style diy guitar kit left handed, and with international shipping, yeah!!! Forward two weeks, now I have a kit waiting for me to start working on it , and this is it: Basswood body, maple neck and fretboard with Stratocaster style headstock, I guess it wants to be a custom deluxe somehow: Of course I have some decisions, and questions to make: The basswood body is really plain, but it has some tiny little pattern/figure there(I know, not great): And it matters here because I like the look of transparent colors in wood, I was thinking something like this, #3 was the original idea but as I played with the image came with some other variations: What do you think, is possible to bring out the mini figure present in the wood somehow to make it worth it to try a finish like this? Which color do you guys like more? Btw, so far I'm planning to finish the guitar with min wax polycrylic satin if that matters (brushed in and sanded smooth, easy to work with and I like the results). Any hints/tips are appreciated, thanks! Oh, and somehow I think maybe the way I'm adding the pictures is not right, please let me know if I need to fix anything.