Greetings! I figured this is as good a place as any to share my NGD!!! Back story: My wife and I were expecting a baby girl in June 2015, but my wife had complications and her water broke at week 20. That's about 2 weeks shy of a baby being even remotely able to survive outside of the womb, and all we could do was hold her until she passed. I don't remember much from January until June... In the summer I decided that I was going to have her footprints made into a custom built axe, so I could have her with me in spirit, when I was doing the thing that I love to do most in this world; play music with my band. Initially I went to get a PRS Private Stock made; I had been playing a Custom 24 for a couple of years as my number, and I live about 25 minutes away from the factory in MD. I was referred to Chuck Levins/Washington Music, because you can't order directly from the factory, but the gentleman who "helped" me was pretty arrogant and dismissive, so I parked the idea. Then in October, I played a country/americana show for a fundraiser, and started getting into country music again, specifically Brad Paisley albums. That got my wheels turning in the Tele direction! Then I stumbled upon a video of Jimmy Herring playing a tele with his Jimmy Herring Band, and that sealed the deal! The Build: I had been a fan of Brad's Crook paisley teles in the past, and I looked around Mr Bill's website a bit, and decided to make the call. He was so personable and nice on the phone, I decided to pull the trigger right there on the phone. This guitar was so important to me, it was great to feel like it was also important to the builder! We came up with specs, I paid the down payment, and promptly started changing things.... He was always patient with me, and never made me feel as though I were being a bother, even though I'm sure I was!!! He told me awesome stories about his time as a sound engineer, and we talked about amps, and his experiences in the industry; I damn near invited him to Thanksgiving! He was that awesome to me! The most important part of the guitar for me, was the footprints. Mr Bill sourced many avenues of getting the footprints on the guitar, which took a lot of time out his busy schedule, I'm sure. Ultimately I wasn't able to come up with a good answer either, so I researched gilding, bought some supplies and started practicing. I asked Mr Bill if I could do it myself, and he fully supported the idea! He sent me the prepped-for-clear body, I did my thing, and sent it back. A few weeks later, here we are!!!! It plays amazingly, and it sounds fantastic too!!!! I love it so much, and I don't know there will ever be anything I can do to show Mr Bill how thankful I am!!!