My first attempt at a CBG build was to a very basic(read easy) project that ultimately took on a life of it's own and far exceeded my non existent woodworking skills.
Several mistakes were made along the way which I ultimately learned from. 1'st mistake, making the neck out of 2" 1/2 round oak, which seemed like a good idea at the time. This created challenges along the way in attaching it to the lid which required some creative cutting bracing and glueing ultimately making it much heavier. It has a maple fret board which a local guitar tech helped me with, showed me how to use his jig and fret saw. I made the Piezo pickup with the Youtube tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSlqaM5Dbeo
2'nd mistake: Don't start another project before completing the first. About half way through the guitar build I came a cross a box that gave me the idea for a really cool amp. Found a Marshall mini stack on Craigslist and reboxed it to complement the guitar.
Overall I'm happy with my first attempt and have become pretty good with a file,a drill and a coping saw and am making plans to build a 2 string Cigar Box Bass with my son. Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.