The wifey-poo and I recently remodeled our kitchen, and one of the old kitchen relics to be removed was a nicely grained, six foot long slab of cherry that served as a sort of countertop in a pass-through between the kitchen and the dining room. I almost tossed it, but now that I'm ready to start my first bass, I'm glad I didn't. The grain is really quite attractive, and the slab is 1.5 inches thick, perfect for an exotic top. Even though it may prove to be too heavy once it's done, it should still serve as good practice before I begin my 2nd bass. (I've got a $70 piece of swamp ash standing by for that one.) So has anyone here ever tried cherry as a body wood? Is it considered too heavy? More importantly, what are its tonal characteristics? Thanks, all!