Today starts the beginning of my next, and hopefully last two basses. This thread is to document and share the building and shaping of my Hoppus Customs. Back story: I'm a 28 year old guy that grew up listening to one of the great (IMHO) rock bands of my generation, Blink-182. The style, tone, and overall being of Mark Hoppus can directly be held responsible for the beginning of my love for music and playing style. Even after I learned how to play and moved on to more developed and mature influences, Hoppus still remained my #1 artist. His tone was the basis for my tone foundation and ever since I have followed it closely. When Fender built the Hoppus Sig prototype, I was instantly in love. Fender quality with Hoppus style. *Sea Foam Green Jazz body* with P pickup route, SD Quarter Pound pickup, string through bridge, rosewood boarded American standard neck. When Fender released the production model, I was inherently left so close to bass perfection. I love the body, the pickup selection and string through bridge. I never liked that one piece guard, nor the bass/guard color selection and my hands just like a smooth Jazz neck better. So I took his ideas and applied it to my needs. When I finally had the financial budget to go to Fender Custom Shop and place an order, the band split and funding disappeared. I was >< this close to bass perfection and it vanished. *(Lettuce, the aptly named prototype is Sea Foam, unlike the production models. Mark also had a Lake Placid Blue and CAR one made shortly thereafter) * Throughout my playing years I have always enjoyed toying with Fender instruments and building my own. I have put together a few basses and a couple strats. Not sure why, but I never considered building a Hoppus clone or a custom. BAM, why the heck not??????? So fast forward a few weeks ago... I purchased two bodies off the forums here with the plan to FINALLY build my dream basses. Thanks to the generosity of PBnJBassist, this laid the foundation for my builds. With a little past inspiration (details as it becomes relevant) and artistic freedom, this is the plan as it stands now... Bass One (the pink body) Setup in DADG Fender Hoppus Body - Candy Apple Red Fender American Standard Jazz Neck - Maple/Maple Warmoth pickguard - Solid Black Seymour Duncan SPB-3 pickup w/volume and tone. Fender hardware (control, neck plate and knob) Fender open gear tuning pegs Bass Two (the green body) setup in EbAbDbGb Fender Hoppus Body - Arctic White Fender American Standard Jazz Neck - Maple/Maple or Rosewood board (I'm undecided) Warmoth pickguard - Solid Black or Brown Tort (again, undecided) Seymour Duncan SPB-3 pickup w/volume and tone. Fender hardware (control, neck plate and knob) Hipshot d-tuner and Fender open style pegs I would love to share this build with everyone. PBnJBassist wanted to see completed pics, but I figured this would be more fun. The fun starts tonight and will complete as funding allows. If anyone has input, ideas or suggestions, shoot them my way. All I ask is for you to be respectful of the process and my ideas. Again, these are my DREAM basses at work from concept to reality (and hopefully sound samples at completion.) So, here we go!!!!!