Hello! First time poster, many time learner, thanks guys! I've been learning to build solid bodies from places like this, and YouTube, etc. I've almost finished 4 solid bodies at this time. I'm planning to build my dad a Christmas/retirement guitar. I'm not sure if this exact thing has been done before, so wanted some opinions on this idea, if you all have time. I have a slightly odd design for a few reasons, 1. I think he'd really want that Tele twang when he's not rockin' the 60s-70s (was thinking about a 2 in 1 bridge pup) 2. I want it to be louder than a fully solid body, but not as loud as a full on acoustic. 3. I CAN'T do an acoustic, because obviously, unless I get really lucky, my first acoustic will suck... AND I've never bent sides and can't get set up to do so at this time, so hollow body electric is out of reach... I uploaded a pic of what I was thinking about doing for the body, except I plan to have a couple more f-holes about where you'd expect, that I didn't model in the 3d software. (It's quick and ugly, but hopefully worth 1000 words....lol) Basically, it's an ash body blank (Left piece), intended for a full on solid body or chambered body, etc, and a Flame maple carve top that will be left fairly flat, but hollowed out on the sides, leaving a strip down the middle to support the tension of a Tele bridge and strings, how wide I don't know. The neck will need some ash to attach to as well, so it will be thicker when attaching it to this body, but I'll use some neck mounting ferrules just drilled/recessed as deep as needed. I look at this, and one thing that does come to mind, is that's a LOT of wasted material. But I probably wouldn't do this again after this build. Just wanted to see if anyone had any advice, or see any problems I might be overlooking, not to mention if it's even WORTH doing in the first place, for example -if because it's not a full acoustic, or hollow body with really thin material, the resonance I'd get out of it just wouldn't be enough to justify the design, even for something intended to be less loud, etc. (And If there's a way to salvage some of that ash or flame maple, I'm open to suggestions. ; ) Thanks for taking a look... -Johnny7s PS, oooops. the pic just went in a weird spot...lol!