Thanks jmerullo. Good luck with your project. I went into this with the exact same thinking. Be patient and make sure your templates and jigs are as good as you can make them. If you haven't purchased wood yet for your project, I highly recommend Downes and Reader in Stoughton MA, it's about 1/2 hour from Natick. They sell all kinds of maple and walnut for necks, and they also stock "guitar ash" for the body. If you know of any good wood suppliers up your way I'd love to hear about them.