Got the ball rolling on a new custom build from @englishman over the weekend & figured I'd start a thread. So far progress is limited to a lot of brainstorming, measurements, parts collection, running stuff by David, & wood selection & procurement but I'm excited so I'm sharing Basic idea is to marry the specs of the 350v63's neck & neck/string height to a thinline 650C-ish body incorporating a vibrato & gold foil pickups in the process. I've been using this pic of a 650 Dakota for aesthetic inspiration so far : I wound up ordering the last of the wood I think David will need in the wee hours of the morning. First up a one piece roasted sugar pine body blank from American Specialty Hardwood: Happily they were able to thickness it down to 1.5" for me before shipping it this morning I also got a quartersawn 2A roasted figured maple neck blank from them (stock photo): & an Indian ebony fretboard blank from LMII (also stock photo): Looking for 24 3/4" scale w/ 21 6230 frets radiused to 10" w/ a 1 5/8" width at the nut & 2 1/4" width at the end of the board & somewhere in the neighborhood of the '59 roundback profile or a slightly beefier version of the 350's. Planning on single ply cream binding up to this flame black walnut drop top set from StewMac assuming it's big enough: It's looking like I might have most of the wood here by the weekend, gonna measure it all & see what it looks like wet w/ some naptha & get it all sent off to David. I'm hoping finish will be pretty light tru-oil on the back of the body & neck w/ some more built up on the face & edges of the headstock & body. Only place I'm thinking I might want any added color is maybe on the pine to closer match up to the neck, but we'll see once I get some naptha on the pieces. I'm thinking I'll cut a 650 guard & 350 truss rod cover from bakelite for it embellished w/ the Eman logo on the TRC. Also thinking I'll do a pared down 1 volume, 1 tone, & 3 way toggle (& maybe a blower switch) control set. Planning on a Ric style bakelite nut & either a set of Kluson Deluxes or 18:1 Sta-Tites for the tuners. I'm still debating a bit about the bridge, tailpiece, & pickups to go w/ but there's a bit of time probably. The options I've got on hand that I'm considering are a Les Trem II, Mos-like roller bridge, & the DeArmond moustache gold foils from my '69 Rebel that's been waiting on a repair for a few years. I think the Mos-like would probably gel the best w/ the Les Trem aesthetically & has worked well for me on a Dano The '66 I've monkeyed w/ but I'm also feeling a bit of a pull towards trying a vintage style Ric roller from Winfield Vintage: I've loved the sounds of the DeArmonds in that Rebel when it wasn't broken but I'm feeling I may wind up getting a set from Curtis Novak to put on this one as I've been curious to check some out, would like to get the Rebel back into service some time here, & I think they'd work better aesthetically for me: Anyway, that's where this one is at presently. I'll share updates as available. Thanks for taking a look!