Hey all, Just sharing my experiences with my first low-budget build a bass project. The object was to spend $350 or less but all use very high quality, NEW (not used) parts. I think that I accomplished this. Let me say that building a bass does require a lot of trial and error, so be prepared to screw things up and then have to fix them. First off, here is the list of parts that I aquired: Vaccaro new (not used) Bass Body - made in USA originally for the famed, $2400 Hartke XL-4 bass, from Ebay with pickguard: $60 Shipped AXS Neck (made in Japan, VERY nice) with tuners from Ebay: $90 Shipped Pickups - DiMarzio P/J Pup kit: $95 shipped (Musicians Friend) Various other parts: $92 shipped (Guitarelectronics.com) Pot kit with CTS pots and input jack 9v battery box (not running active now, but hole was already in body so I needed to fill it with something) Neck mounting screws and washers Schaller strap locks Pickup mounting screws (pups came w black and I wanted chrome) Pickguard mounting screws Circuit wire Switchcraft long reach 1/4" input jack Very nice heavy duty no-name chrome bridge Chrome, machined knobs (nice and heavy) Total cost = $337 INCLUDING shipping with a few bucks left over for strings As you can see from the pictures, the first thing I had to do was remove material from the neck pocket as the neck was almost 1/8" wider at the base than the body. I carefully measured and drew lines on the body. Used a dremel to get the bulk of the material out then fine sanded the remaining (what a pain!). Next was the wiring. Had to scratch my head a bit as the Dimarzio wiring diagram varied slightly from the pot kit one. I also ultimately had to drill a route to underneath the bridge and ground everything there as there was some minor hum before grounding to the bridge. The bridge thru me for a loop as well because I followed measuring intructions from the luthiers forum but had to move the bridge back twice because the innotation was still too sharp. It acutally could prob go back another 1/4" yet (which I may still do). Thank god the bridge covers my mistakes... Bottom line, it plays and sounds amazing! The neck is sooo fast and sooo smooth! Frett work is on par with my USA G&L! Pickups really make this baby cut thru. All and all I had a TON of fun doing this and recommend that everybody try it at least once! Here come the pics!