Hello ladies and gents, I've been lurking around here for a while, as I'm sure a lot of people do when getting ready to build their first bass. I wanted to make something that has all the elements of my favorite basses, but really goes with where my playing and musical tastes are these days. So here goes: 4 string fretless, 32" scale, chambered body, fishman under-the-saddle pickup. Mahogany body, spruce top, ziricote/cocobolo neck, lignum vitae fingerboard/bridge. No controls on bass. Elements of Fender J and Ricky 4001 (favorite basses I've ever owned) and what rob allen's doing (never played one, but LOVE the sound.) I decided to post this now, because I'm starting to get the point where I could use some advice. So to to spin you up on where I am, I'll start at the beginning. First, designed what I wanted on the computer: This is where a vast majority of my effort has gone. Next I bought some wood. Lignum vitae, maple veneer, ziricote, cocobolo, and a big slab of mahogany. Next I made a neck billet: Ziricote outer wings, maple racing stripes, cocobolo center. After that I roughed out a fingerboard out of lignum vitae. Next I drove up to Dad's house (a.k.a. Woodworker Paradise) to rough out the body: And this week I built the bridge: Wifey modeling for me: And here's the body with the neck billet: So now I'm getting to the hard parts. I want to do the neck next, and have it finished before I do anything to the body. I have a question for you guys; in what order do you shape your neck? I'm thinking: -Rout for truss rod (using stew-mac hot rod.) -cut out side profile. -cut out top profile. -contour neck back and volute. -radius fingerboard. -insert truss rod. -glue on fingerboard, then trim. -final sanding. Any advice?