I recently closed a good business deal and decided to treat myself with something to create a nice memory. I have known Terry for 20 years via various online forums, phone conversations, emails, etc. I also owned a 1-off Zodiac Terry built for me in 1998, and have followed his career closely over the years. IMHO Terry is one of the finest builders on the planet. Impeccable experience and bona fides. Uber-deep knowledge of all things guitar-related. And, maybe most importantly, a gentleman to boot. While I am wholly into Fender scale guitars and love my Lentzes (currently have a Lentz '56 White Guard T in-process), I have been looking at Gibson scale guitars for quite some time now. I've owned a few over the years, including a killer '57 LP Junior that I recently sold to a dear friend, but have shied away from Gibsons for many reasons that aren't worth getting into here. That said, I wanted a true Gibson scale "Burst-Type" guitar, but with some of my/Terry's own twists. So we decided on his Carolina chassis, with a look that will be like this; The guitar will have all old growth H. Mahog. The carved top will be Eastern Red Maple. Neck - old growth H.M. chosen for proper resonance to match the body. Fingerboard will be 5A dark IRW. Terry's circle (bound) white MOP inlays like the picture, and a white MOP block inlay at the 12th fret. Throbak SLE-101 humbucker pickups custom wound (I'm not a big P90 fan), with a bit of anti-feedback thrown into the covers so the coils are not affected. Black gloss finished body, satin/matte black finished neck. 17 degree headstock pitch, 1 11/16" nut width, 12" radius, carved to my specs, soft/rolled shoulders. Terry's necks are crazy-great and incredibly stable. total weight will be under 9 pounds. And because it will be a color finish, he can focus all of his attention on mating the most toneful top to the body, without having to worry about unnecessary (to me) stuff like whether it has a nice flame or not. I just sent the downpayment and look forward to this instrument. Terry has mad skills and mad knowledge when it comes to building guitars. He has worked on many, many real 'Bursts and other 50s Les Pauls from various years, and knows the guitars inside/out/sideways/etc. He's been the chosen curator, etc. for various large collections, et al. Nobody I'd rather have build this guitar. And maybe one of the coolest things .... the neck blank he will be using was cut from the same group of old grown H.M that the neck on my 1998 Zodiac was made from. That blank alone has been in his possession air drying for 20+ years - on top of the fact that it was old growth to begin with. The wait begins. Gladly.