So, I bought a used Epiphone G400 (SG) for a few hundred bucks a few months for the sole purpose of practising modification and luthiery skills. Below is the list of modifications I intend to perform, along with a concept image showing how I intend it to look once done: The mods pictured include: - Reshaping the headstock (I hate the Epi shape) to something like the Gibson shape (no logo) - Remove pick guard - Remove the two lower pots and fill the holes, running two volumes with no tone pots - Remove and fill in the input jack, moving it to a side-mounted one - Upgrade the tuners to Sperzels - Upgrade the pickups - Changing all the hardware and screws to black - Thinning out the sides of the neck and bit, leaving the back in case I go through to the truss rod (anyone have any idea how much meat exists between the channel and the outside of the neck?) - Painting most of it satin black, leaving some of the original gold for a set of racing stripes (if the paint doesn't get damaged during the woodwork phase) It was in good condition, but this is how it looked after I spent a night cleaning it up, polishing the frets etc... Since then I've been buying the new parts and researching the processes and tools I'm going to need to get all the little parts of the project completed to my satisfaction. I'm a perfectionist, so even though it'll be my first time doing any significant woodwork since high school over 15 years ago, I'll be a little pissed if I screw anything up too badly. Last night I finally got stuck in and stripped the thing down to its undies... Nothing remarkable to announce with the dissassmbly process. (You can see the three holes I've marked for filling) I've torn down a few over the years and done some wiring work. Although I did confirm something odd that I thought I'd noticed: it seems like the body was originally routed for the three humbucker 'special' version of the model. You can just faintly see the outline of the middle rout under the paint (can't get it to show in photos). Once the pickups were removed, I found that probably through rough manufacture, the thin walls of wood between the routs had broken through to reveal a block of something or other filling the hole. Dodgy! No biggie... onward and upward and all that. I bought all the new parts through GFS after a pretty strong recommendation from one of the moderators over on Project Guitar who'd recently used a bunch of stuff on a new V he was building. The list of parts includes locking tuners and a roller bridge as well as one of their Crunchy Pat neck pickups and a Power Rails for the bridge - all in black. So, with a reamer for opening up the tuner holes sitting here ready to go; a template for a Les Paul head stock ready to be outlined onto the head stock and some timber plugs coming for the tone pot holes and some Forstner bits on the way for drilling the new jack hole... I'm almost ready to start. Any suggestions?