In my industial design/engineering class we're now up to the point where we get to do our own projects and I've had my hearts set on a specific project: building my own guitar, or rather just the body. Originally, I was planning on building and even designed (in my opinion) a pretty cool Kelly/Explorer style shape, but decided it was way too large and complex to build. My dream guitar for a while has been a white/blue skervesen raptor and I've changed my mind to build a blackmachine/skervesen inspired superstrat with a Warmoth neck. We don't have any routers here at out school's shop but we have a large bandsaw, two drill presses, and two Super Prolight CNC Mills along with a belt sander and tons of handtools. The problem with our CNC machine is that it has a maximum size of 12 inches by 4 inches. I plan on doing a Caparison M3 style construction with a center 12x4 section and two 'wings' and bolting the neck onto the center. I'm thinking about maybe using black limba for the body since I'm in love with how it looks but I may just do something more run of the mill like Alder or Maple or Mahogany. The other problem is we have no area to do finishing. So here are my questions so I can hopefully move on and succeed in building my first (hopefully of many) guitars. 1. Building a 25.5 inch scale guitar, how far from the neck pocket should the line of intonation for the bridge be? I'm planning on using a Gotoh GTC-101 or a Hipshot depending on how big my budget is. Warmoth says distance from nut to heel [is the heel technically the bridge side of the neck pocket or the opposite side?] is 18-7/16" and from heel to line of int. is 7-1/8" but this adds up to 25.5625, which is more than 25.5 inches. 2. Since I'm using a warmoth neck, I'm confined to a strat neck pocket. What is the radius of the neck pocket? I've read 5 1/16" somewhere. 3. The heel contour on the back. Anyway I can make something more comfy/sculpted like AANJ style rather than the big blocky heel of a strat? Can I find shorter screws or anything for it? Will it cause structural issues? Will I have to use a neck plate? 4. Do I have to apply a finish? What's the downside of not putting a finish on the body? What's the easiest finish I can put on it if anything? How about painting the body? I don't plan on using a quilt/flame maple top due to added complexity/the three piece construction I'm planning and the inability to stain it. These are the four main problems I can think of right now stopping me from finishing the 3D Modelling and starting the build. As far as everything else goes, I'm planning on building it as a 1-humbucker guitar with a single volume pot (at least I know how to solder after changing the pickups on my main guitar) and the Black-machine style forearm contour. I have a set of EMGs that I can't seem to get rid off that I may use although I dislike them. My alternative is a Duncan Custom or Perpetual Burn but that'll drive up the cost of the build. I don't have the tools or materials for binding so I may do a painted binding or pinstripe tape for binding. Once I get off the ground expect lots of pics as I finish. Edit: Might do a top veneer with the bookmatch in the middle and "cut out" the pickup rout manually after I do the main body and glue it on top. Would that work? Probably not.