Carl all I can say is by my own expiereinces. I play also, and have built several guitars now. Mostly by hand with just general woodworking machines. I built one using a vey large mill. The software was MasterCam, a three demensional CADCAM software, about $5000 USD. I have a copy of Ver 9 and the learning curve is very steep and I have an AS in CADD. I had a CadCam Tech. at work make the program from a 2d drawing I made with AutoCadd 2000. I saw no real advantage except for its acuracy in the neck pocket area. It also took about three hours longer in total time to produce a double cutaway Les Paul styled body than if I had made it by hand. My advice, go to projectguitar.com and lurk about. Read some of thier tutorials and get an idea of what it might entail. Good Luck. Gods speed.