I wanted to know if I could take a cheap a%@ guitar and turn it into something more. I wanted to build a real rat guitar because I love rat rods. The main criterion was that it had a good neck that felt good to play. I started with a late 90's Epiphone T-310 and ripped it apart. I kind of liked the goofy Explorer-style headstock. I added a Fender 51 Nocaster neck pickup and a Seymour Duncan vintage stacked humbucker in the bridge position. I replaced all the controls and added a push-pull volume control to split the humbucker. Then added brass saddles and Grover Rotomatic mini locking tuners. I reliced all the hardware with muriatic acid and replaced the pickguard with an Indian motorcycle sign. I sanded the white body and finished it with red primer and then Krylon semi-gloss black. I wet sanded the heck out of it until it had a great gloss finish and the primer started showing through. I also sanded the neck and fretboard to take off the high gloss finish. The end result plays and sounds great. I call it The Chief.