My first build was an eBay LP kit that turned-out pretty well. This build is my first scratch built body. (I do plan to build a neck and wind pickups, eventually.) A friend gave me two chunks of ash wood that he had cut from a tree that was killed by the dreaded Ash Borer beetle. The cool thing about it is that HE planted the tree when he was in middle school. I don't have a bandsaw or planer so I took it to the local Woodcrafters and they milled it to a 14" x16" x 1.75" squared block.