I'm fairly new to building guitars. As I've been searching for information about how to go about certain things, I found this forum coming up again and again in the searches, and found some great information. I joined up just a few weeks ago, but really like the friendly atmosphere here. So different from a lot of the forums! Anyway, I wanted to share a project I'm currently working on. This is my third guitar "build". The first two were eBay kits. With those first two, the idea was to get my feet wet in the diy guitar world and give my youngest daughter an opportunity to decorate them for me. With this current project, I started with a better body purchased from StewMac. Here's the body. Golden Age '52 Tele, Swamp Ash. The body I purchased was "paint grade". If you look closely you can see some spots that have filler in them. I decided to go with stain rather than paint. I'd already done the previous two with paint and really wanted to try stain. I used Orange Colortone stain, mixed with alcohol. A couple of test pieces of scrap to get an idea what the stain would look like. Here's what I ended up with after staining. I put the pick guard on after the stain dried just to get a feel for what it would look like.