First of all let me say that I have never wanted or even considered building guitars for a living or for anyone other than myself. My desire for building came from the desire to be able to have any kind of wacko guitar or stringed monstrosity I could ever imagine. The only previous wood working experience I had was building a couple small speaker cabinets, the desk in my office, and putting together a couple parts guitars. So maybe building a guitar wasn't the best idea, but I wanted crazy instruments and had the opportunity to come into some reasonably priced tools. During that time I was also selling parts on ebay and was able to collect a small stash of parts and jumped on in. And so here is my attempt.... The Details: Blood loss: about 5cc Scars: 1 visible on finger....f'n safety planer Lots of small cuts and gouges... f'n binding and the guitar mahogony body and neck spruce top macassar ebony board 7 string with 6 string trem and fixed 7th string jumbo stainless steel frets white binding with silver and black purf. built in mic kill switch external control... switch and ribbon controller demeter mid boost dimarzio pickups - yes the bridge pu was angled on purpose and the review... well it plays well, really well sounds?? average looks... finish is horrible...believe it or not i was wanting black where you could see the wood through in spots. For some reason it looked way nicer in my head Anyway lots of messed up spots and sand throughs. Plus nicks and scratches from working on the guitar after doing the finish. Other I had lots and lots bad ideas and mistakes 1. binding/ silver purf. - this was a bad Idea and harder than I ever expected. I may never do binding again. I ended up screwing it up and it really messed up the curves of the guitar. The only place I liked was on the neck and it was actually the easiest to do. 2. made the neck heel too big! 3. was not careful enough when handling the guitar and always ended up with stuff to fix. 4. didn't workout the size/depth of the control cavities very well I found that some parts of the process were more enjoyable to me then others and some way harder than I ever expected finishing - wow, it was just so difficult. Just seems like alchemy to me using hot hide glue - another amazing mysterious skill to me design was difficult- still not sure it I like the shape or not making the 6 string trem/ 7 string bridge - wasn't as hard as I expected. I just measured a lot! fretwork - went smoother than I thought and was one of my biggest concerns. shaping and smoothing the frets and making the nut were very satisfying even though it took 3 trys for the nut. wood shaping - using power tools still scares me, but shaping wood with planes, rasps and files was just an enjoyable zen like experience for me so to sum up... thank god hardware is reusable it was overall a very satisfying experience building guitars seems like not one skill, but lots and lots and lots of skills I know now, I really, really would not like to do it for a living I have amazing respect for luthiers and... am going to build more...I've got lots of ideas and more wood and parts so next up is a fretless P.S. I would like some input on the body shape or anything else.... does it look unbalanced... ect ect.