Hi All Ok, it's fair to say that my first post on TDPRI created a certain amount of 'controversy'. For those lucky few of you who didn't show any interest in that thread, let me summarise.... I play the bass and make basses (from scratch) for a hobby. I'd like to learn the guitar. However, I've previously suffered from tendinitis so two things I am sensitive to are overall weight and a neck that doesn't naturally sit well above horizontal. I've been to a shop and tried 3 teles (a Mexican, a Baja and an American Special) of which only one had a natural balance that I found comfortable. Now I know there are far easier ways of getting a guitar that balances to my liking - add lead weights, add a strap extendor, build a strat, etc etc etc - but I would like to try to build a guitar that suits me and looks more or less like a Tele. So here is my plan. 1. Use a short scale neck - 24.75". 2. Shift the bridge to the left (ie towards the strap pin near the jack) by 15mm. 3. Reduce body thickness to 40mm Here is a mockup using some templates I've made. I've slightly remodelled the lower horn and the heel, but the upper bout remains the same. To me, it looks, well, like a tele. See what you thnk.... The guitar is about 34mm shorter than standard, and the strap button lands level with just above the 14th fret. Really looking forward to starting this build!