Hi everyone! So after long contemplating, I've decided to build my next bass! As I'll probably be gigging more, I'll need a back-up bass, and I only have one 6-string now, the Corvette. As a lefty, I can't get many basses around here and even less that can fix the one thing I'm not too high about of my Corvette: the weight... I'm a very tall and very skinny guy (194 cms/over6'4", ~66-67 kgs/~145 lbs), and though I can handle the 4,8 kg/11-pound Corvette, it gets a bit tiring... also, my back is a bit bad. So the aim with the next bass is: the tone of the Corvette in a lighter package. Maybe a bit more clarity in the low-mids and lows would not hurt, also, but the main thing is that slightly agressive, very punchy and growly tone, which is very responsive to playing technique. What I've come up so far is: thick (figured ) bubinga top - 3/4" medium ash wings, maybe even sort of chambered/hollowed to reduce weight wenge-bubinga 5-piece neck, 2 TRods, 3 graphite bars, in-between J and P shape; six-bolt I'll have the neck made by a luthier, but I'll do the body myself - or at least with some help The shape will be similar to the Corvette (it will be very scientifically planned: I'll draw the Corvette 'round ), but with a longer (maybe also different shape) upper horn for better balance and a deeper cutaway and shorter lower horn for better access. Some of my drawings so far ended up looking like Jerzy Drozd's Obsession shape... I'm still thinking about what to use for a centerblock and a FB. Should I use a walnut centerblock? On Ken Smith's page, it's defined as "Articulate High end w/ clear Lows" - this should help with the clarity of the lows. Or mahogany? Or should I just forget about centerblocks? (That would make building a bit easier ) As for the FB, a nice black piece of ebony - "Smooth, Strong Low End w/ Definitive Highs", again according to KS. Or wenge? Or morado? Other features of the bass will be (most probably, of course): Bartolini P4 dual coils with series/parallel/single switch Passive preamp (just vol, bal, VTC-style treble rolloff... and maybe passive mid-rolloff) ABM 3566 high-mass, solid brass bridge - black (goes well with bubinga! ) Tuners? Most probably Gotoh GB7 blacks, since they are much easier to get... and I prefer sealed vs open, but the Ultralites would add to the balance... still not decided on that. What do you think? What do you recommend? Thanks!