I'm not as brave as many of you, and so I'm making a parts bass for the first time rather than starting from nothing. I've got a good amount of questions and so I'll just be quick and list them. Pics will be at the bottom. Thank you so much for helping
The neck pocket is the main issue here. As you can see, the bass is unfinished, and the neck doesn't exactly fit the pocket toward the end. It does fit for the most part, but is extremely tight.
1. How can I paint and finish it without making the neck pocket too tight? If I mask the entire pocket, will the paint/finish hold at the edge when the neck is in? I'm afraid it won't look right or will crack.
2. The Status Necks end is slightly flatter than most J Bass necks. It's more like a MIJ Jaguars neck. How can I get it to fit? I'm thinking I should trim the pocket in the rounded corners a little deeper to allow the neck to move in place all the way. Will that throw off intonation? Or can I just adjust it at the bridge to compensate? This is the part that scares me. I know I can't just shave a pickguard pocket to cover it because then I'd have to slide the pickguard up a bit. That may mess up the neck pickups position. Plus, I'd rather not cover up mistakes.
3. Just like the Mighty Mite neck pocket, all standard Jazz Pickguards have the same pocket shape. How can I make this match the neck/future pocket shapes? I feel a router may melt it and wont cut it clean enough.
4. Mighty Mite didn't drill the holes for the bridge. I'm assuming I should just measure and measure and measure till I get it perfect compared to any standard jazz. I just want to know if I'm right here I guess.
5. Should I drill the bridge, control plate, and pickguard holes before I paint the bass? I don't want to risk cracking the paint/finish.
And that's all I can think to ask. A coworker of mine experienced in painting will help me paint and finish it. I'm going for the blue sparkle modulus flea bass look. So of course, I'll be replacing the pickguard with a white pearl guard. Sorry for such a long post. Thanks again for the help guys.