I have a question for you guys. Approximately how much area do you like, or prefer, or design into your bolt-on neck pockets?
I am designing the following bass:
The pocket itself I estimate to be around 8.5 square inches (2.8x2.9").
I require unhindered access to the 24th fret, so the lower cutout needs to be deep enough, and I really hate having a great long tongue sticking forward from the pocket. I just think it looks like a hack. I like the curves to flow freely, and extending the neck pocket/heel further up the neck looks, in my opinion, lame.
Do you guys think the pocket is too small? I know I could go the Ibanez route and extend the neck heel further into the body, maybe exposing some neck beam wood...but I don't like that solution either.