I found this forum in my search for Strat parts, based on a body I'm building from ash, so it's only natural that I post my progress here. I started collecting ash from the lumber store I frequent, usually when they were running sales. I've built a few basses, and I wanted to start on a guitar. A Strat is my first choice. So here's the three pieces I ended up with clamped up. Out of the clamps, sanded, with a center line drawn. I printed out a template, scotch taped it together, and then taped it to the ash board, matching up the center lines. Started cutting it with the jig saw. Rough cutting complete. Just in time for most of the arrival of the parts. Specs include a hard tail, the cheapest loaded pick guard I could find, to be upgraded when the bank account recovers, and a MIM maple/maple neck. The Squier neck in the picture is just for rough placement purposes. I'll leave the ash body natural, with a gloss finish. I hope to find some time this weekend to start routing the body. Updates as they happen.