Today I finally made the first steps in turning my paper plans into wood and sawdust for my latest build. It is going to be a far from traditional T-style guitar. I'm taking inspiration from Fender's Voodoo Strat, which has a reverse headstock and a left-hand angle for the bridge pickup. I was playing a friend's a couple of months ago and I really liked the twangier bass and warmer treble and thought it would suit a Tele, so I'll be fitting this with a leftie bridge. I'm not too sure about the reverse headstock. He swears it changes the feel of the strings, but I couldn't tell. I'll make up my mind when the replacement belt arrives for my bandsaw. The other unusual aspect of my plan is that I'm going to make this one a thru-neck. Externally it won't be visible but the nut and bridge will both sit on the same piece of wood. If all goes to plan it will be virtually heel-less too. Talking of wood, the neck and body back are going to be sapele with a 1/4" maple cap. So today I started turning the raw chunk of sapele into a body blank. It would have been so much easier with a thicknesser and jointer but I don't have access to either so it was a router, table saw and lots of creative sandpapering. And today's lesson learned? Don't wear a black fleece jacket when you're creating sawdust. Oh, and bullmastiff's will eat sapele sawdust if you let them.