Well so my dad's 70'th birthday is nearing and I decided to make a bass in his honor, a bass which he unknowingly designed. See back when I was a boy he once made me toy guitar by sawing out what is roughly the shape of an electric guitar on a piece of plywood with a piece of construction lumber as a neck. The neck has long since gone but the body was always kept, the paintjob I did back then has since flaked and faded. But I kept looking at that old body and going "How cool would it be to turn this old thing into a real playing instrument for dad's birthday?" So I took it to the workshop, traced it onto a new piece of plywood, cleaned up a lot of the wonky lines and made it into a template for a four string bass. Initially my idea was to honor the original toy by using scrap material so I routed out a body from pine, to be finished in black with a Fender style pickguard (you can make out the place where I drew the pickguard on the original toy) but when orders came in for basses made from very pretty pieces of maple I decided to make it into deluxe bass. So it'll get a body with a striped maple top, Cedrella (Spanish Ceder) core and striped maple back, I made bass neck a few years ago which again is made from striped maple and ditto fingerboard with 24 frets in a Fender scale. Pickup-wise, I'm going for the tried and tested double J-bass set up and the pickups will be wound to my specs by our pickup guru. At the moment of typing the body is clamped creating the hippie sandwich, tomorrow I will start routing out the lot and bring along my camera. My boss tells me that this will be the most beautiful pig-ugly bass that was ever made in his workshop. I'll keep you guys informed on the progress.