Thanks for the replies! I feel like I'm getting somewhere now.
Just a quick bio on guitar building...
It started in December with making a new body for my son's Tele. I got hooked! So I decided to build myself a Strat-type guitar. I sprayed the lacquer a couple weeks ago and it's curing now but I did place the pieces together for a "photo op".
Once that was done, my SO says, "You gotta build me a bass." It's winter and this new-found hobby has staved off cabin fever so I was happy to oblige, but I knew some of what I learned building the guitar wouldn't apply to a bass, so I came here.
You've already gotten me off to a great start.
Yesterday, after posting here, I did a lot of studying up on bass pups here and that gave me a good knowledge base. We went to some videos and listened to comparisons between the jazz, p-bass and PJ. My SO is still on the fence, who, BTW, is a pianist and wants to learn bass.
One video had pup comparisons with 11 different brands, most passive, a few active. The passive won out and the Fralin and Nordstrand eeked out the win for best sound.
So far, I've got some templates made on 1/4" MDF.
In both sets I use the same neck, the neck pocket hasn't been fitted and only the back template for the body is done. I'm not sure if I'll need a template for the fretboard (didn't use one on the Strat) but the front templates will be finished as soon as I know the pups my SO wants. And I still have to make the 3/4" routing templates.
I have a 6/4 slab of bubinga that I can use for the body. It's wide enough to make a 1-piece body. I'm thinking of heading to the hardwood store and seeing what other figured woods they have on hand. The guitar I made had figured sapele for the body and that little add-on in the headstock.
We'll be doing some more research and I'll have more questions if I can't find the answers.
Aislinn (pronounced ash-leen)