I've played guitar for 45 years, done woodwork for nearly that long and simply never put the two together... until now. in my day job, I'm a community mental health counselor, and for some time now I've done my personal therapy with a table saw, planer, and sanders, building cutting boards and tables. It seems to me that building a guitar is the inevitable next step in my personal evolution. My build is named "DEFIANT." For most of my life I've believed the hype about "tone woods," and spent tons of money chasing "tone" in swamp ash, mahogany, black limba, Koa, and Sitka Spruce. For all those years I've also believed that oak can never make a decent guitar. My build will crush those norms, destroy stereotypes, and DEFY convention as a slab of gorgeous figured oak wood that was simply too good for the fireplace or furniture factory. "Defiant" will prove that nearly anyone can build a beautiful guitar with a gloriously unique voice, and it doesn't have to sound like a Strat, or a Tele, or a Les Paul, or a PRS. In fact, "TONE" is completely subjective, though it carries certain measurable objective facets as well. "Defiant" will reinforce the idea that it's perfectly fine to NOT emulate another guitar's voice, but to have a unique voice of your own.