I was wondering if anyone has built or attempted to build a semi-acoustic/arch top guitar (Gibson ES335/553 type). I'm thinking of doing one in the near future, I've only done electrics, and they were just mods and a rebuild I'm currently finishing. The archtop is something I'm building up to and was wondering how other peoples builds had turned out, Is it much like building an acoustic? or is it more like an electric with sound chambers? What were the challenging parts? What materials did you use?

I don't think getting equipment or tools would be a problem, I'm in the fortunate position that there are a few budding carpenters in the family, and they have workshops.