This is my latest build, or at least the beginning process of it. I started with a Honduran mahogany body and neck. The neck has headstock wings and 3/4 inch thick maple top. I shaved the top thickness down quite a bit for a more manageable carve. The top is unique in that it it a one piece and not two pieces joined. I don't mind it being a one piece because of the fact that the maple is eastern hard maple as opposed to a softer maple, so the stability is 100%. Please excuse the mess in the pic, my wife likes to use my work space for her painting projects, the joys of being married. I bought Bare Knuckle Riff Raff pickups for this project from an MLP member. One of my previous builds had BK PG blues and I loved those pickups. I generally source parts and hardware from Stew Mac, I have found that their dual action truss rods stabilize the neck and will produce a very playable action. Probably Grover tuners and 50's wiring with bumble bee caps. I haven't decided if I should relic the finish or not. I think gold tops look stellar with a slightly distressed finish, so I'll wait to decide on it. My band mate has already laid claim to it once I'm finished, so maybe I'll let him decide if it will be distressed or not. The good part is that this is my 5th or 6th scratch build and I've learned quite a bit, and the guitars now are far better than my first ones. MLP is a great resource for tips and techniques and I wouldn't have come this far without the knowledge and expertise out there.