Here are some pictures of my ’58 Jr. double cut. I rubbed on oil-based artist paints for the color (cadmium red deep hue for the body and lamp black for the headstock) and a Tru Oil top coat, which I rubbed down to a matte finish. I’m very happy with the way it came out. I have absolutely no prior experience with anything related to woodworking, finishing or soldering, but it seemed like it would be a really fun project – and it was. There are some battle scars here and there, but nothing noticeable from more than one foot away. Pick up is a Lollar P90. Tone Pros 3-on-a-rail tuners and a Tone Pros wrap around bridge (with an invisible lightening bar in there somewhere). CTS pots, a Switchcraft jack and an Orange Drop cap round it all out. After a little playing around, intonation is spot on. Super happy with the way it plays. The P90 has a really great clean sound with the volume rolled back a bit, and then gets nice and mean with it turned up. Surprisingly versatile for a one pick up guitar.
Since this was my first build, I have nothing to compare it to. But, from reading about all the issues people using other kits seem to have, I’m glad I started out with the best kit out there.