I decided that it's time to start a new build, and I've had this design floating around for a while. I actually built a plywood and Masonite V a few years back, and it turned out to be a really cool guitar. This one is going to be made of actual wood and will have one of my pickups installed in it. Here's the drawing: I'm still not sure of the headstock design - I may or may not change it. Part of me wants to do a 6x6 headstock. I'll prolly make it 25.5" scale and 1 11/16" nut width. Here's my wood shot: From L-R: A 5-piece blank I glued up from some leftover maple. Once I cut the neck shape, it will probably end up being closer to a 3-piece. A 5/4 piece of red alder left over from another build and a 2/4 piece of poplar for the top. I wanted another piece of red alder, but they didn't have a piece wide enough or long enough to cut 4' at Mayan Hardwoods. Poplar is OK with me, really. The tricky part will be the first glue-up of the body blank. For strength, I want the direction of the grain to follow the shape of the V. I have to cut the pieces at an angle and surface them for gluing at the same angle. I'm kind of considering this to be a "scrap" build, so I'll prolly just buy some inexpensive hardware from BezDez on EBay. They have some pretty decent Korean-made stuff at very reasonable prices. Lastly, the pickup(s). I'm a bass player who knows very little about guitars, so I'm kind of fishing for some opinions. I'm torn between a few options: 1) I have a sort-of P90 design with AlNiCo 5 magnets and a single blade pole. There's few things more rocking than a nice 1-pickup Rock & Roll machine a la the Les Paul Jr. I made this pickup for one of my basses, and it's a great sounding pickup. Nice, fat, full, punchy and bright. It'd probably be a great guitar pickup as well. This is my favorite option. 2) However, I love surf guitar. For something like that, I also have another single coil design that's narrower - more like a Telecaster width. It's a got two ceramic magnets powering a blade pole like a P90, but it's a taller pickup like a Strat or a Tele. It's brighter than my "P90" design, but it still packs a lot of punch due to the ceramic magnets. In this case, I was thinking I might add a second neck pickup just to give the guitar more options. 3) I've been wanting to make a single coil powered by some AlNiCo 5 bars I have laying around. Maybe a single vertical bar magnet as a core, wider than a Strat, narrower than a P90. This is my least favorite option - I think my desire to keep costs down might be pretty strong here. But OTOH it could end up being a really cool pickup, which is definitely a plus. Let me know what you guys think. If I do a 1-pickup guitar, I'm thinking about maybe adding a passive treble and bass control like the G&L guitars have. That would give a few more options. I also have some push-pull pots I'd like to get rid of. Maybe I can add a second tone cap as well.