After a rather successful project fixing up, repairing and repainting an old precision bass, I decided to move onto a slightly more sophisticated project. A friend of mine picked up this lovely slab of Ash a while back, when I mentioned I was thinking of making a bass guitar body he offered some of it for me to use. As Ash trees are in severe decline due to disease, I figured it would be a great wood to have a play with while it was still reasonably cheap. First up, here is the design Next, after printing off the design to scale, I cut out the inside, this means I can use the offcuts from the print out to layout the pieces inversely, meaning I can see exactly what grain I am going to get. Here is the progress so far, I have roughly cut out the shapes using a bandsaw, here you can see where the layer of acrylic will sit as an insert clean through the body (but cut and sanded to match up) Here is a bit of the wood sanded up to show off the grain. Its got some really nice figuring. I managed to accidentally cut clean through a really nice bit of grain. Really excited by the grain along the edges, its going to look awesome. Finally, I found these nice tarnished copper/brass audio plugs, I would love for all the hardware to have this same finish, does anyone have an suggestions for brands or shops that might stock such stuff?