I haven’t seen a specific “Show us your La Cabronita” thread, although there are numerous Cab threads on some topic or another. Given the costly nature of the guitar, a “show us” thread would almost by definition be a very short thread, with a few owners and lots of “wow, I wish I could have that” comments. However, I know there are a bunch of us building our own tribute versions of this great guitar, so I’ll be the first (I think) to say, “Let’s see them!” Here's mine: Like most of us, probably, when I first saw the La Cabronita I thought it was way overpriced and just weird looking. Kind of a joke, really, like “who do they think they’re kidding?” But the more threads I read, the more I liked them--and liked the whole idea about the simple-but-rockin’ nature of them. Unfortunately, the $3,000-$5,000 price tag would also mean the beginning of divorce proceedings, so it would be up to me to create my own version if I wanted to play something like that. I had a Delonge Strat, so I’m totally down with the single bridge HB sound. Anyway, I started watching the TDPRI ads for pieces to start my own Cab tribute and lucked into Marc Rutters’ pine bodies. He was great to deal with and made the exact body I wanted, rear-routed single bridge HB just like the single Cabs. He had a good selection when I bought it, and I got a nice one-piece sugar pine body with a nice grain, which was important because I wanted to stain it rather than paint it like the real Cabs. It was really well made and routed perfectly. He pre-drilled the holes I needed and offered some great advice for a newbie, too. Next I started looking for some TV-Jones like pickups but as I’m trying to build as cheaply as possible, I decided on the GFS Retrotron. It’s got that TV Jones/Filterton look to it, not unintentional, of course. As luck would have it, someone had a set in the ads here and I got them both for $50 delivered, and now I still have the neck Retrotron for another build for one of my kids. It took a little more patience for the neck, as prices tend to be a little on the high side if you’re looking for a real cheap build. I found an Affinity neck in the ads with a tusq nut and not much wear for $80 delivered. I was a little worried about the Affinity neck as there has been much said about how narrow they are, etc. That was unfounded, as the neck is just fine and I simply can’t tell the different when I’m playing it. Compare to other Teles and you can see it’s narrower, but for me at least there is no difference in how it feels to play. The rest of the bits and pieces I picked up here or had on the shelf, so when it was all said and done, I’m out just $235 and got a very sweet looking and great sounding guitar. I went with stain and a black pickguard, totally the opposite of real Cabs, which are all painted and have white p/g’s. The Retrotron pickup is great, BTW. At least as good sounding as my Dimarzio and SD humbuckers, and it’s got the look you need for a Cab. I’ve seen a number of Cab threads postulating that you could build it for $500—and indeed you could do that even with a real TV Jones. But if you just like the look of the Cab and want to do it for much less than $500, I’m proof that even a newbie can do it for half that much and still have a great looking, great sounding guitar. Cork sniffers may scoff, but I love mine and I don’t have to treat it like a museum piece. There’s the whole “you get what you pay for” argument, generally true, but I can tell you for $235 it sounds like a million bucks to me. I chose to call mine “La Agarradita” Especial—which means “The Little Cheapskate” Special. Seemed appropriate. In keeping with my cheapskate principles, I simply used a Sharpie and some leftover laser waterslide paper to make a rough looking homemade “Crusty Frog” decal. Didn’t even need to coat the decal…just wrote it, wet it, put it on. I’ll clear coat it next time I change the strings. $80.00 1-piece sugar pine body from Marc Rutters $15.00 Pickguard and control plate cover by Rutters $80.00 Affinity neck (TDPRI ads) $25.00 GFS Retrotron bridge pickup (TDPRI ads) $13.00 Hardtail bridge from web retailer $10.00 black knobs and strap buttons (TDPRI ads) $12.00 2 x 500k pots (local shop) ---------- $235.00 total cost I hope this thread gets some traction as I’d LOVE to see what others are putting together, and of course those lucky souls to have a real La Cabronita Especial should by all means include as many pictures as possible to [a] demonstrate your superior liquidity, allow us to live vicariously through you, maybe hate you just a little, and [c] encourage others to give it a shot.