I'm starting this thread through intreque more than anything. Exotic basses are made out of all sorts of weird woods, soft woods, hard woods - they have veneers, layers, 5 piece, 7 piece necks etc... How does a hard wood body effect the sound, compared to a soft wood body? ... and the same question for necks, veneered and layered bodys etc... If I were going to have a bass made for me, how would I know what wood(s) to ask for to get the sound I imagine in my head? John Turner - you've got numerous customer basses - how do the sounds differ through the use of different woods?