On another forum, in response to this question; "Am I right in assuming a guitar body would not be a very good first woodworking project... " A new "luthier" responded by saying, "Actually it's a good project provided you take your time researching and planning accordingly. The only important bits are the neck pocket and bridge position for an accurate scale length and corect intonation. What goes on outside the centre 'plank' is primarily for aesthetics and balance (we're talking solid body electric)." This new luthier, despite having only built 4-5 guitars and having no training in luthiery, is charging in the range of $2500 to $5000 for guitars. The justification seems to be lots of experience in woodworking. I'm posting this here, because this seems to be the most knowledgeable forum on small guitar luthiers on the net. To me this new luthier is troublling. I've done setups on guitars for close to 20 years and had a go at some repair work. I've also done quite a bit of woodwork and carpentry. To me, whilst some skills overlap (the ability to use power tools, etc), other skills and knowledge are unique to luthiery. So it worries me to see someone like this charging so much for guitars. I guess I'm old fashioned enough to worry about this bringing disrepute to the luthiery business. Am I overreacting?