Building a guitar is something I've been meaning to do for a while, but have only now taken the plunge to actually get stuck into it. Thought I'd make a worklog to boot, regardless of how fast or slow progress may be. I'm doing it from a 'Build Your Own Guitar' book, because ultimately I've got nowhere else to reference - and a hardcopy book is just so much better than plans from any old internet site. I'll make sure to reference it later on, because it seems very decent in how its set out. On with the show. The plans that came with the book are for a 24 fret Strat knockoff with a couple of humbuckers and I'm choosing to go with either a bolt-on or set neck; yet to be decided. Doing the neck isn't something I've thought about a great deal yet, but I plan on building one from scratch rather than a premade. May as well set the bar high to start with. The body, however, will be Australian Blackwood. Mongrel timber to work with, but it finishes very nicely and it's able to be sourced locally, which helps immensely. Don't want to have to order more from interstate if I somehow fuck it up. Don't intend to do so, but hey, shit happens sometimes. As such, I've got a bit spare. Hopefully enough spare. So - I got ~3m of machined blackwood, and to date have cut into appropriate lengths and laminated for a 3piece body. The routed edges aren't perfect - I get the impression the router base is on an ever-so-slight angle, but it's good enough for this. End result is that the slab of timber on which I'll be doing the body blank has a smallish bow, resulting in a gap of about 2mm when comparing it to a straight edge. Not too critical, and the joins are well sealed. On with the pics. Only a couple to start. Just a freshly cut piece showing the end-grain and some of the face. And the prepared slab. I'll be making up a perspex cutting template in the next few days, and will go from that. Silver hardware just to see if it'll work - and I think that's how it'll be. Hardtail bridge of some description - trem/floyd rose isn't something I want to muck around with just yet. I'll post more as I get to it.