After a mere 13 month wait (about 11 months less than i had planned on), Rick Kelly finished my pine tele. I picked it up yesterday, and it's chock full of Old NY mojo. You can read all about them in this thread. Here's the epic tale of mine: The Body Cut from a pine beam that Rick salvaged from the old Chumley's Speakeasy. this building was built in the 1830s (some say 1820), and the Speakeasy opened during prohibition. it was a favorite haunt of writers including Ernest Hemingway, Arthur Miller, Dylan Thomas, F. Scott Fitzgerald (who, legend has it, consumated his marriage at table 7), Allen Ginsburg... i could go on and on. The back of the horn has "Go Go" woodburned into it, which is what my son called my mom. She passed away about two years ago. The Neck Cut from a fir ceiling beam Rick salvaged from the basement of the Chelsea Hotel. it's got a fat D neck, about an inch thick all the way up. it doesn't have quite as much shoulder as Rick's Double-D neck, but it's still super fat, and it feels perfect...like Rick sized it off a mold of my hand. The Pickups Don Mare Hayride. In the limited time I've had to play it, they sound fantastic. Great bridge tone without being too ice-picky (i'm not a big fan of the Buchanan sound). And the neck pup is a wonder; it reacts so nicely to the tone knob. The Man Rick Kelly is a mensch. He's terrible with deadlines, takes forever, and has almost zero business sense...but he's a great guy who builds amazing instruments for far, far less than he should be charging. Thanks Rick.