Howdy. I have wanted a backplate in my Guild Starfire for sometime. However, spending the hundreds of dollars to make it happen in addition to having my bass missing in action for weeks does not appeal to me. I am about to get a alembic style bridge installed soon and so I figured this would be the time to make the back plate happen as well. But after talking with the Luthier, he said he has never once put a back plate into a hollowbody. Not necessarily what I wanted to hear. This seems to me as not all that difficult of a job as long as you have a strong and stable template in addition to sharp drill bits. My biggest concern is the chipping of my nitrocellulose finish. It is in good condition for a 50 year old bass, but it is checked. So any input on making this happen...? I don't trust myself to install an alembic bridge, but I figure I might be able to make the back plate happen and save a few hundred dollars. I would plan to use a dremel and keep the wood back plate.