so this is my second bass still in the design phase. i am done with pretty much everything except for these couple of questions. things i am decided on so far concerning the woods: ebony fretboard now i am gonna start a large research concerning woods so i can put my finger on exactly what i need. your opinions are of great help as well. i am looking at the following for the neck: wenge, walnut, maple or bubinga for the body: ash core (chambered probably) walnut or ebony tops (depends if i can find ebony wide enough to use only one piece) or zebrawood bubinga (if top is ebony) or zebrawood (all around zebrawood bass with ash core). what kinda sound am i looking for? scooped high mids. i hate high mids so much! it needs to pack hell a lot of growl as well, so lots of low mids and bass there. it will basically be used for my jazz purposes. clear highs are essential. i might be restringing soon to EADGCF instead of BEADGC. i will start with BEADGC first. i will also add a switch to the Duncan circuit for the Slap Contour option to scoop some more mids. i have a Seymour Duncan MM Stingray replacement circuit. i am under the impression that it can only be wired for a single pickup. is that true? or can i rewire it to be used with two pickups? if so, can anyone provide information. i bought it by mistake. i dont like single pup basses at all! i feel they are limited. if i cant use it with more than one pickup, i will be going for a Delano Quad Coil Soapbar or Delano MM style Humbucker so i can go for single coil options etc etc. i am kinda looking for the max flexibility with this single pup circuit. its a neck-thru 36" 6stringer with 29frets. i kinda went for the 29frets to be used as artificial harmonics markers (its an idea. if u think its stupid say so). Hipshot A Style Bridge, Gotoh tuners, double truss rod. will probably use thru-body stringing. i would like killer sustain with this! my questions: 1. suggestions for the woods i posted above. unfortunately in Egypt, we do not use exotic woods so much just because we dont have them. the ones i posted above are pretty much the best stuff we have here. so please dont tell me to get Chestnut or other exotics. i can use them as veneers but not wood tops. 2. the pickup placement. i read in Melvyn Hiscock's book that neck pup should be placed at the 24th fret harmonic. this is a single pup bass, so what is the best position for it? 3. the nut. is it cool to make my own nut out of ebony instead of buying a bone nut? i have been working at a furniture factory for quite sometime (all my life actually, it belongs to my folks). and i am quite familiar with all woodworking techniques and procedures. 4. i am not familiar with tilted headstocks yet. is it ok to use slotted headstock design in this bass? 5. i am also intrigued by the Precision Bass split coil 6strings pickup made by Bartolini. anyone used that before? will it give me the sound i want?