The guitar looks like a Telecaster Thinline but it is substantially different inside. The top is only about a third of the thickness it seems. It was carved down befoe it was glued on. It has a small piece of reinforcing under the bridge and a bass bar like a violin. The guitar is much more like a semi-acoustic than a solid body guitar. One trick I used to control the force down on the bridge was to fit two threaded bars to the very solid back and to pass them through the top (without touching it) to the tailpiece. You can see two brass nuts on the tailpiece. These are tightened to bring the tailpiece closer to the top hence increasing the angle the strings make as they pass over the bridge. This regulates the down force on the top and sets the level of acoustic energy in the system. If this was not done the acoustic element of the design would not be heard in the electric sound. (look at a Rickenbacker guitar to see a different method of solving this problem.) The pickup looks conventionally mounted but in fact it is fixed to the back on a block of rubber. This means that the pickup does not vibrate with the top. This produces a bright detailed sound. I like the blade pickup because when I bend a string the output does not decrease as it would with a small polepiece. The stripe across the back joins two smaller pieces of pine because I did not have enough to do it in one piece. The finish is Shellac which is very pleasing to use. Only the strings,glue and the shellac are new, the rest was from skips or junk.