Hey guys, I've started a few threads asking questions about this, but I think it's time to start one following my progress, and to ask questions here. I've been looking around at electric cellos for the last year or so, and while there's a lot of different things I like, nothing has everything. I like the NS cellos with both magnetic and piezo pickups, but I don't like the shape of the instrument. I like the shape of the Yamaha Silent Cello, but no magnetic pups. I've thought about buying one of these instruments and adding what I like to them, but they are, first of all, not cheap; and secondly, I wouldn't feel right about gouging out instruments at those price ranges and ending up with botched work. Anyway, I'm starting by collecting the materials. I bought a cello that a kid smashed the top on. The neck and back are still in decent shape. The back would make a good template for the body measurements, and the neck is going to be recycled for the instrument. My dad has a customer that is really into woodworking, and he has a shed full of hardwoods, so I'm going to pay him a visit and see what I can grab up. I know he likes mahogany, so I might get some of that. As for the frame, to keep costs and weight down, I think I'm going to make it with a much lighter wood, like pine. Essentially, I'm going to go with the design those cheap Chinese instruments have, but I am using decent wood instead. Basically, this shape: Anyway, I've already been working at getting the neck off. I should have done that before taking the back off; now I have no leverage to slide it off, so I'm trying to loosen the glue as much as possible with the denatured alcohol right now. If anyone has suggestions as to getting the neck off, that would help. I'll post pics soon.