Things to do before starting new project: 1) Finish trackbike prep - Nope 2) Complete maintenance on daily driver streetbike to prep for season - Nope 3) Finish TLC on weekend warrior streetbike to prep for dyno tuning - Nope 4) Tear down engine on hot rod, take block to machinist, check for cracks - Nope 5) Build cabinet for Firefly amp that's been done for a few years now - Nope 6) Organize shop to gain room to walk around without tripping over stuff - Nope 7) Finish putting togther drawings and templates of what I plan to build - Nope 8) Clear off benches to have workspace - kinda... I moved all the stuff from the "guitar bench" to the other bench. Perfect! We're good to go. Welcome to my Brotherhood Build. Just the excuse I needed to use up some of the various parts I've had kicking around for a few years. I'm going to attempt to put together something based on a Fender Jaguar. I called it a Jaguar Lite because it's not going to have all the switches or the trem. I thought I was being fancy on my choices but as I researched this I discovered that Fender produced a guitar very similar to this in their Squier line. Maybe that's where I got the idea, I don't know. But it's out of production now and I've got all these parts taking up space so here we are. I'm not sure where I'm going to find room for my bandsaw or how I'm going to finish it now that my paintbooth has been torn down, but I guess we'll find out. Why a simplified Jaguar? I like offset bodies. I want to try a 24" scale length. I've built one or two others but never got them to where they were all that playable. I have lost my infatuation with trems. I'm still Jonesing for a hardtail Strat - I've got three with trems. They're all decked. I never touch my Jet King with the Bigsby copy. I wanted something with humbuckers, Well.. this will be close. I plan on using humbucker sized P90s I already own. Baby steps people, baby steps. Oh wait, I have a Gretsch Electromatic with 'buckers. And a Bigsby. I never touch it. I have no interest in all the tonal options on the Jag So that leads me to the Jag body/neck with a simple three way switch and since I have it around a tune-o-matic style bridge. In fact most of the hardware will be taken from stuff I have sitting around. Here's the general idea (those are the wrong pickups BTW) My crowded workspace and the materials I'll use. The main thing I didn't have around was a body blank. In the past I've improvised. This time I splurged and bought a one piece mahogany body blank intended for guitar use. I've never worked with mahogany so why not. The neck will be wenge. I like necks that do not need a finish and I wanted something dark. Also I've never worked with Wenge so why not. The fingerboard will be ebony. I have various fingerboard blanks left over from when my dad built banjos in the '70s and '80s. Warmoth uses ebony on wenge necks pretty often, and I wanted something dark. And... wait for it... I've never worked with ebony so why not. That all looks something like this at the moment The frets wiil be whatever I have stashed away in my drawer, unless I decide to spring for something with a different profile, maybe in stainless material because, well, you know. I've never worked with stainless frets... I haven't decided on a peghead shape. I have a drawing of what is supposed to be a '62 Jaguar but I don't really like how big the peghead is. Plus, the neck blank I have isn't wide enough for it. So I will either go with a slightly smaller Fender shape, or maybe something along the lines of what Musicman uses. I've alway kind aliked the 4x2 set up and I've never used it... The pickups will be some Mean 90s I have in another guitar right now. I've played them once or twice and liked them but the guitar is stuffed in a closet and I never play it so why not. The finish remains to be seen. Preliminary idea was mentioned in an earlier post - I'm thinking an "Ollie Burst". Something akin to a tobacco burst. This is Ollie, so black brown and white. I noticed the other day that in the sunlight even his black fur has a tinge of brown to it, so I think the brown I used on my last burst would work well. And finally, this is looking left of my bench. Things have gotten a lot more crowded since my last build... With that, it's time to go finish putting some humbuckers and a tuneomatic on the Jag drawing I have so I can start working on this. I fully expect to take time off from this along the way to get some other things done, don't expect daily updates from now until it's done.