Hello all, I'm building a Warmoth/USACG parts bass, here's what I have so far... Body - Warmoth Dinky J, made of Black Korina, routed for running the strings thru the body, PJ pick up config. Neck - USA Custom Guitars Jazz Bass Neck, made of Wenge, w/ an Ebony Fingerboard, & a 2+2 tuner arrangement. I had to custom order the Wenge Neck blank & have it sent to Tommy. We all know that these fender style body parts, were originally designed to have the neck mounted to the body, using the standard 4 screws, w/ a neck plate. However, I find these neck plates on the bottom side of the neck joint to be unsightly. My Lakland 55-01, uses a slightly different method. Actually, its one I prefer. If you look at the back of a Lakland, you'll see they: 1) Don't use a mounting plate, they use counter sunk ferrules. 2) A slight angle cut has been made to the body, where the neck mounts to the body, allowing easier access to the upper frets. 3) Because of #2, the bolt/screw pattern has been changed. Including a 5th screw for added solidity of the neck/body union. Is making these mods, really as easy as it would seem? From what I can see, all I need to do is: 1) Remove a slight wedge from the neck mounting pocket, 2) map out two new holes, 3) counter sinking all 5 holes.... 4) making sure the screws aren't too long... It looks like the necks are scultped to fit the angle, I'm leary of attempting this sculpting. I'm curious, because I worried that using a ferrule mounting system, requires different spacing,,, thus requiring different holes. Has anyone else converted a standard "plate" mount, to a ferrule mounting system, that could provide some insight into this????