referencing this thread: http://www.gretsch-talk.com/threads/ukelele-giveaway-by-me.190410/ I've started the "Made in China ukelele kit" build. This kit is hilariously bad and I'm pretty sure the end result will be "wall worthy" at best. It'll have the best finish I can put on it, anyhow lol. Opening the kit: What the heck is that black plastic thi...no, it can't be. You have got to be kidding me. Sure enough, the fingerboard is 100% USDA Grade A 100% pure Chinesium! The frets are just a molded feature and plast-o-chromed! The birdge saddle is also Chinesium. I'm dying laughing. But the build must go on! Step 1 seems simple enough. Believe it or not, it's not as crooked as it looks, the picture makes it look off and it's actually pretty straight. The gaps are what annoy me, but I reckon that's why God made wood putty (Or Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty, one of my favorite things) You can't really see it in this picture, but where the head tapers into the neck is crooked by about 1mm from one side to the other. I am shocked, shocked I tell you! I'll have to figure out the scale length, which I almost guarantee is in millimeters (shrug). Oh yeah!...precision! A sander will take car of this when the time comes. As they say on Toronto subways, "Mind the gap." A rough idea of where the Chinesium belongs. The fingerboard needs to be 1.9 inches (yes, 1.9) from the head/neck bevel and the back of the saddle needs to be 3.14 inches (yup, Pi inches!) from the sound hole. Also, I drew a center line that matches up better than I expected. Seems the danged thing is pretty true. I taped around the Chinesium parts....anything blue is fair game for carving So I taped all areas I can carve9 Think Hollywood and "green screens." I'm going to slap this in a scanner and it'll give me two things. First, an "easy-to-import" image that shows me where, and where I cannot, carve on the front to use in my CNC software. Second, it will be easy to do a little editing to get me an accurate enough template for the back. This is ridiculous, therefore I love it!