Binding a jazz bass
I've got a VM Squier jazz bass body that I'm planning on breathing new life into. I don't have much precise woodworking experience, but it was a free body so I'm planning on learning as I go. My neighbor has built several guitars and basses from scratch and has offered his assistance, but my question is whether it's possible to modify a jazz body so that it's bound on top like an Aerodyne. If it is possible, would something like this be far too advanced to undertake for a beginner?
I have a maple P-bass neck that I've started de-fretting and have started stripping the stain off of the body. I plan on stripping the neck and body completely, sanding and spraying the body and headstock with Sonic Blue Reranch. I plan to bind the neck and headstock with dark abalone and add abalone block inlays and use a dark wood veneer for fretlines. I'd possibly also like to shave the body down to eliminate the roundover and route for binding on the body as well, but with the forearm contour intact, then re-round the back of the bass before spraying.
My last question is this: with doing this much modification to the body and having a decently equipped shop at my disposal, would it be more efficient to build a body from scratch?
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