Hello all, My name is Bill, and I've been reading this forum for a little over a year now. Let me start off by saying that I am amazed by the talent that so many of you display here every day! Even more amazing is the fact that you are so willing to share so much of your knowledge. I have spent numerous hours pouring over some of the better documented threads, most notably from Preeb, Ron Kirn, and Motor City Tele (having been born in Traverse City MI - the Cherry Capital of the World - I absolutely loved your cherrycaster!), but so many others as well. Early last year, I started my tele project. I'm somewhat of a tradionalist, so I thought a 52 BG would be a good start for making a guitar from scratch. I've done woodworking since I was a boy, but never anything that required this level of planning and precision. So the goals were: -Build as much as I can from scratch, at least the wood parts -For other parts, try to source from smaller, boutique manufacturers, hand made if possible. For example, I chose a set of Lollar BG pickups rather than getting the Fender version. -Try to be as true to the original 52 as i could be within reason, but make some minor concessions to practicality, playability, personal preference, etc. For example, I chose a 9.5" radius for the fingerboard, instead of 7.5", as the 7.5 just seems a little too much for my taste. I also have a compensated 3 saddle bridge rather than a vintage correct version. I will point out these variations as I go. I wanted to post my build thread here as a thank you to all of the others who've given so much of there time and knowledge to the forum. I'm sure I won't be passing on any groundbreaking innovations; virtually everything I plan on posting borrows heavily if not outright steals from all of you! I am also using this thread as a way to document the process for myself, making sure I capture all of the learnings both good and bad, so I can revisit for the next guitar..... I've made a fair amount of progress in the last year, but 3 kids and a full time job means that time is scarce to work on this project. Here we go!