It only took me about a month to finish. I started with 3/4 Scherl and Roth in 2 pieces-- the box and the neck. I contacted a local luthier (Dan Lawrence in Lee's Summit) about doing the work myself, and he invited me to come to his shop. he said I could use his tools and he would help make sure I did every thing right. We got the neck glued back into place-- it's aligned just right. Next came fitting the bridge. What an undertaking. I'd picked up an Eaubert (SP?) bridge blank-- very nice, BTW-- and did all of the fitting myself. I think I spent 4-6 hours on it. Well, we finally got it strung up Saturday afternoon. I put Thomasik super-flexibles on it-- and it sound wonderful . I played it off and on all weekend. If I get a chance, I'll post a pic-- she's a beauty.