Okay, I've just bought a book on instrument building to fill the gaps between the stuff I know and don't know before I start on my first bass project. It explains the different steps of shaping the neck and such, but it says to do that before fitting the rest of the body to it. This confused me a bit because I had read multiple times on these forums, as well as other places, that neck shaping comes after the body is put together. Is this more of a personal preference sort of deal? The attached picture kind of shows the way I wasnt the neck to come into the body (The top horn just cuts right across to the lower one, and the base of the neck is actually slanted). Am I correct that this would be more easilly accomplished by fitting everything together beforehand? P.S. Yes, it is neck-through if I hadn't made that clear. Edit: The 2nd picture that I have uploaded may give a better idea of what I'm talking about.