Over the past 4 or 5 years my knowledge of all things to do with guitars, both electric and acoustic, has grown considerably. This forum, and others as well as various other sources has helped in that regard. My playing has improved out of sight too, practice really is the key! Anyway, I have an interesting project to attend to over the winter months, so I'll make this thread all about the project. What I have here is a tele copy that was given to me by a friend, and I believe that it was the cheapest one he could find online. Yes, it does have a Fender logo on the headstock, and that's a shame, but this neck won't be used anyway. It's a pretty nice neck with nice grain etc, but I really don't like the amber tint of the finish on the neck (or the body), so it will perhaps be used for a future project. In fact, the body is about the only thing that I will be using, and that will be undergoing some extensive changes as I have a picture in my mind's eye as to what I want to achieve. I'm collecting parts as we speak, but American parts are way too expensive here in NZ, so for the most part, they will not be used. The parts which are from various suppliers are beginning to arrive now. I have the bridge and I'm expecting the neck in the next week or two. Locking tuners are on their way, as are pickups. The pot's I have yet to decide upon as I'm still considering the pot values, and same for the capacitor. There's more to order but there is quite a bit of work to do on the body, and I'm in no hurry....I have the whole winter to amuse myself! In the morning I'll be off to the timber yard to pick up what I need to plug the bridge pickup cavity (you'll see why in the next post I make), and I'll also be plugging the control cavity as I prefer the controls to be mounted through the body, so rear routing is in order there. The neck pickup cavity I'm not sure about yet, it depends what's underneath the scratch plate. I will keep a track of the cost's which I will post upon the completion of the project. All measurements will be metric. This will be my first guitar 'build', so mistakes may occur, but hopefully I can minimise those by taking my time, and yes, there will be plenty of pictures of both the good and the bad! Here are a few 'before' pics so you can see what I'm starting with. This weekend, if time allows, I'll dismantle this thing and show what's under the hood. Just one question. To keep within the etiquette of the forum, when it comes time to do the finishing ( a long time from now), should I take that part of the process to the 'Finely Finished' section, and then come back here for the final assembly etc, or do the entire 'build' here, start to finish?