So, I'm working on stripping & refinishing a 96 MIM P-bass body. This bass is rather heavy, and I want to reduce the weight. I thought about bringing the sides in some, and realized I would run into issues with the control cavity poking through the side if I took too much off, and a pickguard wouldn't fit right without being custom cut. I'm also replacing the pickups with EMG-HZ, as I will be pulling them out of my Spector and like the sound of them. I was driving home from the pizza joint last night & started thinking about planing the top down & putting a solid top on it, so that the neck pocket wouldn't be too deep. This would allow me to remove material from the back of the bass to reduce weight. I could do a larger rear route cavity with more space for a pre-amp and new knob configuration and I wouldn't need a pickguard. I could also go with a figured top for looks. Having very little woodworking experience, is this something that I could do with good results? I'm willing to take my time on this project. If so, what would be a good wood to use for the top? Where's a good place in Canada to look for top blanks? How thick should the new top be? I don't have a proper workshop, but I do have a good-sized bench & a decent work space. What tools will I need to do this? I assume a plunge router will be needed for the pickup route & control cavity. Clamps & glue for the top (how many & what kind, I'm not sure). A band saw or reciprocating saw to cut the top to fit. Chisels for cleaning up the cavities. Should I glue the top blank to the body first, or rough cut it before gluing?