Well, Since the challenge is over now and more people will be checking the "normal" builds (though are any builds that have been done here really normal?), I figured that there would be more people who could help me with my first real build. I made a partscaster over the past school year (http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-home-depot/297924-very-drawn-out-partscaster-build.html), but here I'll be doing the body, neck, etc. I plan to make an esquire, and if I can get a bridge cheap enough it might be a 12-string. I already have a 6-string MIM bridge and a True Velvet pickup (Dimarzio). I want to wire it like this: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7440801/Guitar Wiring/Esquire4-Way2.jpg So to start the build, I'll need wood. Luckily, I just got back from Home Depot with some. Enough flamed maple for 4 necks plus 4 fretboards (only $20) and some poplar. I was going to get some 2x4 pine and make a 1.5" body from that, but when I saw the grain on the poplar, I had to get it (also $20). I have to laminate it, so it will be a 4-piece body, but even with that I'll have about 4' left over for whatever. Then I still need fretboard wood, and I don't want a maple one on this build. My dad has some rosewood molding he was going to use for some furniture he was building, and it's thick enough and long enough for at least 2 fretboards if I can convince him to let me use it. If there is such a thing as flamed rosewood, this is it. It's lighter than most rosewood used on guitars, but the figuring is too nice to pass up if I can use it. Unfortunately, I can't cut much until I finish making my templates. Time to go do that.