My name is Jeff and I'v never done this before, going crazy staring at the wood wondering how to cut it up and put it back together. You guys seem to be the best wealth of information on the topic. I have two 8'x7.5"x3" blocks of walnut. I have a body style sketched out. Shopping for hardware but want to stick with brass in my color scheme, rustic kind of - a real manly bass. (More like Brass Hardwhere.) Need advice on scale, 34" or 36"? My hands can handle a longer scale but it isn't comfy and I just play stoner rock should I care about a longer scale vs ergonomics? Will it influence action? I don't really like the low and loose feel. Was thinking about burninating the top (pyrography, branding), anyone have experience with that sort'a thing? Can you walk me through your prebuild, I'm just paranoid I'll forget something and OMG its scrap or even worse its hideous. Any advice, references, instructions, or ideas you could give me I would love you for. I'll upload a picture of my wood and body shape next.