Hi all. Here's the story behind this build. For about 20 years my only electric was a '64 Gibson Melody Maker. At that time of my life I never thought of doing more than tuning the strings on my guitar (and playing it). The guitar was heavily modified when I bought it, with humbuckers and a Leo Quan Badass Bridge. It had all sorts of dings, plus heavy cracking of the finish -- it whatever the term is that gets used when this cracking is supposed to be a good thing . After I started buying other guitars, I believed this was my beater. I wasn't smart enough to know that a vintage Gibson was worth more than a Yamaha Pacifica About four years ago I discovered that the guitar, and even the beat up case, were worth money, and then I sold it faster than Al Di Meola can play the dorian mode. My plan is to build something close to my old Melody Maker, partly because I miss it a little, partly because it was a fun guitar to play, and partly as a way to get some chops together for the Gretsch build I started recently. Here's some pics. (Fortunately I took tons of pics before selling it.) The mods done on it were very crude. Here's what it looked like under the pick guard. I'm going to use two humbuckers, a Wilkinson/Gotoh wraparound bridge more like the original bridge, and Kluson replica tuners. Not sure what kind of humbuckers yet. The ones on my Melody Maker were Gibsons. The new stuff for me on this build will be: angled headstock, angled, glued neck, and burst finish. One thing I don't plan to copy is the way the original pickguard wrapped around the bridge pickup. Thanks to ievans and Pat Sharkey, I've got a great, detailed Melody Maker plan to work from. Thanks again!