Assembling my own guitar seemed like fun, based on reading posts about it from this forum. It seemed like I could do most things that need doing. For example, I've been involved in the amateur radio hobby for decades, so understanding the electronics and soldering them didn't seem like a big deal (hence the embarrasment at having to re-solder my first one, as I mentioned in my prior post). I've long enjoyed various kinds of woodworking -making furniture; a few small wooden boats; cutting, shaping, and inletting gun stocks..... So I figured I'd be okay on that score. And I've been doing re-fretting and set-up work on my instruments for a long time now. From reading posts about it here, it seemed liked assembling my own solid body electric guitar was within my abilities, and I didn't seem to have much of a reason to not give it a whirl. I thought it would be fun. And you know what? Assembling my own guitars WAS fun! I didn't mean to imply that it isn't in my prior post, or that I didn't enjoy doing it while I was doing it. I did enjoy it, otherwise I would have stopped with the first one. What I enjoy most, I think, is the sense of accomplishment from having put together guitars that look good and play well. When I play out, people sometimes come up and ask what make and model of guitar I am playing. I do get a lot of satisfaction out of being able to say "Ah, it's just something I cobbled together on the dining room table from a pile of parts." That's not strictly true, though. On my second Tele-Shaped Object, I started with a piece of alder for the body and cut, routed, drilled, and final-finished it myself. I made the Fender Precision style bass body from a chunk of alder, too. I'm most proud of these because of the amount of work I put in to making bodies from scratch. For me, "pride of ownership" is off the scale where all three of my home-assembled instruments are concerned, but especially with the second Tele-style and the bass. That's something I couldn't buy hanging on a peg in a music store. The deal for me is that with the two Tele-style instruments and the bass, plus all the other instruments in my studio, I'm very well fixed for guitars at this point and don't need or want more. Also, as fun and rewarding as these builds were, they were very time-consuming for me. That's the only downside. I just don't have the time to keep guitar assembling an ongoing hobby. It would have to compete with fly fishing and shooting sports and cycling and amateur radio and autocrossing my Mustang and playing with all of the Windsor and Newton in my paints box, and also playing time. I already have plenty of time-consuming, expensive hobbies. Don't have enough time in a day for one more..... That's a shame, really, because I did enjoy putting my three builds together. My prior post made it sound like I didn't enjoy my builds and I wanted to clarify that because I did enjoy them immensely. I would encourage anyone interested in trying their hand at assembling a solid body electric guitar to give it a whirl. I could easily make a habit out of it if I didn't have so many other things competing for my time and attention.