I've been collecting parts for this build for some time now. In fact, it's build I intended from the start. A proper custom built 6 string bass. So far I have these... ETS and 16.5mm spacing. Barts, although I also have MM6 Wilkinson PU as well. It just depends what I decide to do and What I want tone wise. For strings I ended up getting two sets of GHS brite flats for less than $30 each! I also have a stack of timbers for building. Vic ash for neck and body maybe, jarrah for fingerboard, silky oak and LOTS of kauri pine (yep, pew wood) for bodies. With my F-birds getting close to completion I felt it was time to start making proper plans. Having just been away for a weeks holidays, I took a pencil and book to try and draw up some ideas. I had the intention of having a finished blue print drawing, but alas, just came home with more ideas... This body design is from a while back. I like it, but I still think it could do with adjustment. These four were from last week. As you can see, I liked the upper ones enough to finish off the treble side of the body as well. After a few days of drawing, it was easy for me to see why fodera's emperor basses like they do. It's pretty hard to stray too far from that look with a single cut design, without doing really out there things. The bass on the upper right is actually my favorite. Although I reckon it looks like the millenium falcon. lol. The reason I've gone for a bass side without an inward curve is that I came across something else cool while I was away. I was looking in an antique shop and found one of these... It's called a "Rebec" and predates the violin. The one in the shop was very cool (although obviously not period) and I was very tempted to buy it... until the shop owner told me the price and that she'd "oiled it" to make it "look nicer". Great. However, it did give me some great ideas re construction. http://www.cincinnatiearlymusic.com/rebec_rebuild.html Instead of having a carved belly, the rebec had a curved convex belly (with bracing bars) and a body carved to hold the belly slightly convex. This stops the belly caving in, but means you don't need to carve it. So, I'm seriously considering this sort of design. The body will, like the rebec, be solid but carved out to give it a chamber. All this means I need to consider some sort of design for a tailpiece on which the headless tuners will live. Hmm, food for thought.