So, this build has it's origins around 8 years ago. It all started over on the agile guitar forum. In fact, that is where I first became acquainted with our very own RogerC. He and I both joined the TDPRI around then. I was and still am a mediocre guitar player at best but I really enjoyed looking at and owning them. At that same time, I was looking for a hobby that I could use for "me" time. So, I jumped on the guitar building / partscaster train. So, I bought an unfinished alder body and a maple neck. For pickups. I decided to go with TV Jones classics. (I really liked how they sound) As I started finishing it, a good friend of mine, who happens to be an excellent guitar player, mentioned how much he liked the sound of TV Jones pickups. He had no idea I was in the middle of putting one together so I got the idea in my head that I would give him the guitar when it was done. well, after a few months of work, it was done and I surprised him with it. He was pretty blown away and somehow it became his favorite guitar. (Beginners luck) Here it is: So, all was good up until a month ago. My friend sends me a text asking if there was a way to lighten up the guitar. He is getting older and he said it was starting to hurt his shoulder when he played. (He prefers to stand up when playing) I told him that we could chamber the body from the back and cover those with pickguard material but the best idea would be just to make a new chambered body. He says "I like the second idea. What would it take?" And my response was, just some of my time, so let's do it. SO, he dropped off the guitar and I loaned him my thinline w/ TV Jones pickups for him to use at practice until the new one was done. (See my avatar) So, the build was on!