Hey, A friend and I have bought wood last week and are about to embark in our first real builds. We have cnc templates. We are about to cut the wood to make body blanks. Before we start I have two questions: 1. I know that the joint is usually in the middle of the body blank but the other day I was talking with a knowledgeable friend. He was saying that to have the joint off set could be better sonically and that is how Leo use to do it. Both for sonic reasons and for solidity. If the guitar were to be drop it would be less likely to break down the middle. I was not able to verify this historically speaking. From what I have read, I would tend to believe that sonically, if there is a difference, it would be minor and in terms solidity, my understanding again is the joint is extremely solid. 2. I have purchased a great neck locally but the heel dimension are smaller than a normal telecaster width wise. About a 1/16" on both sides. Should I make the neck pocket to that dimension or use a shim? My considerations in the matter are, if I eventually change neck I would need to make the neck pocket slightly bigger. If I shim, sonically it may not be ideal. Thanks in advance!