Comments: My first build, bought kit on a whim during lockdown. Did not want too 'wooden' or too plastic-y of a look. Used a pure red dye in alcohol (including on the binding which took it really well) then used Tru-oil to finish. Most of the parts are stock; I only swapped out the knobs and pickup covers with ones I bought online. I learned a ton about finishing wood and guitars in general. Extremely grateful to theFretWire for providing this creative and challenging experience, great materials, and thinking of the lefties. Looking forward to another build.