Here's something a little different from the Gibson- and Fender-style electric guitars we normally see: a build inspired by the Rickenbacker 325 made famous in the 1960's by the likes of John Lennon. I've always been intimidated to build a "hollow-body" guitar, so this seems like a good first step in that direction. Also, the shorter scale of the 325 (21") combined with the smaller body makes this a good size for my 8 and 12-year-old boys. Here's the inspiration: Here's my plan: I've taken some liberties. Neither the slash-shaped sound hole nor the triangle fret markers were featured on the 320/325, but I like them. They are quintessential Rickenbacker. I found two 8/4 pieces of hard maple in the garage that are just what I need. I cut the smaller piece down the middle and turned each half 90 deg so they are now quarter-sawn. This will be the neck. The larger piece was just cut to length and joined side-to-side for the body blank. I printed the plan at full scale and transferred that to the blank. It may be small, but it's heavy. Most of that will be routed out later. That's it for now.