I started this in the bad dog the other day but thought I'd move the real build over here as it seems a better place. Making a tiny telecaster in preparation of my first child, because I want to it to be born with a guitar in its hands.. Stewmac has a pretty good kit, and I trust their quality. It's apparent in the neck and body, but the hardware is a little bit lacking. For the price you can't complain though. I'll be making some upgrades here and there because I can, and because I want to. But the kit as it comes would be perfectly great for any kid. So as I go through this if you see me nitpicking the kit, it's mostly because I'm excited about my future kid having a Tele as close to dad's as possible. And I'll be the one playing it and maintaining it for the first few years. My first point of contention is the pickguard. The overall shape is different from a Tele and I don't like that it hangs down past the bridge on one side but not the other. I've never been one to make templates but I gave it a go last night with really good success. I have a full size Tele pickguard on my parts drawer so I was able to trace parts of the full size guard with parts of the mini guard and get a scaled down "authentic" Tele pickguard. I used a router for the neck pocket, pickup slot and the flat side for the bridge. I used a spindle sander for everything else. I gotta say I'm pretty proud of getting that control plate slot in the right spot! I did mess up a bit and make a notch on the pickup slot. That should be an easy fix before I actually route the pickguard. This will probably be a slow build, we're waiting to determine the sex before I pick the color. I'm not one to say if it's a boy it has to be blue or if it's a girl it has to be pink, but I really love shell pink and I'd like an excuse to use it. Although I wouldn't want to hand a little boy a pink guitar (even though my nephew loves hot pink right now!) but there's a stigma. So we'll see. Vote for a color up top if you want to!