I have a Fender Frankenstein bass - the body is from a '72 or '74 Jazz - looks like northern ash. Great sound, but 11.5lbs, and ugly as !@#^$^^%&^%$%@. I am looking to get a new - lighter body for it, maybe keep the same bright sound while taking off a pound or so. I'm thinking swamp ash, maybe with a laminated tolp. I've been looking at the different companies - USA Custom Guitars, Warmoth, and Allparts. Anybody have words of wisdom about who to use, who to avoid, and the best way to get a nice looking piece of wood? Thanks for any advice.