I discovered these cheap Acrylic teles on Ebay, going for right at $200 new. One thing i've always wanted was an acrylic guitar. I played an old BC Rich a several years ago, while it wasn't the best sounding guitar I've ever played, it wasn't the worst, and it has a very unique sustain to it. Also regardless of build quality(as I have learned with acrylic drums), acrylic is acrylic and is going to pretty much sound the same.
The idea I have is since I have an extra Texan 7 bridge plate, convert this into a badass see through 7 string tele. All of the cavities I have to make bigger will be hidden either by the pickguard, or by the bridge. The only question I have, I will have to fill and redrill the string through holes....what can I fill the acrylic with? Could I just use some really strong clear glue?
Here are some pics of the project in question, which would cost around $375;
$200 for the Acryic tele, $150 for a used Squire Stagemaster 7 (reversed headstock ftw), and a little extra for shipping.
Well, I just discovered I don't even have to fill the string through holes....because there are none!
The only tricky part would be the neck pocket... not sure how you could make that work and keep everything centred on the body. You could fill and re-drill the holes in the neck and just have the neck "overhang" the heel a little bit on the treble side, but leave the holes in the heel where they are and use a 6-string plate.