Thanks for the kind words everyone. The ES guitar is made of wood just like any other guitar of that period. Plywood gets a bad rap, you won't read that phrase again here. The Kalamazoo factory on Parsons Street did not use it (the evil p word) to make their laminated guitars, they pressed wood laminates to the shape of a guitar. After WWII there was much R&D that went into making structures of laminated wood and Kalamazoo was right in the middle of this. Parson's Street employed many skilled luthiers who could carve a fantastic archtop plate before lunch so they had the skill to carve a mold. The original pattern was then used to make a veneer press. The technology utilized thin veneers that were pressed to shape inside a mold and then held in place while heat was applied to set the glue. This took just a few minutes using the Phenyl formaldehyde glue. I am not going to discuss much of this now and will go on to more interesting things but will gladly return if there is further interest. I had much difficulty finding the correct veneer thickness and size to make lam plates. I searched high and low and finally found a custom veneer slicer right here in Michigan where the original stuff came from. He now supplies me with my custom cut veneer and even delivers it right to my shop. And here is an original ES 345 TD of a friend comparing to one of my bodies on my bench.