(This is a parts assembly. I don’t think I’m a luthier; I just want to share and get some help and input on this one...) Well I started out on a quest to build up a new Jazz bass with a aftermarket poplar body…I wasn't sure if I was even into that but I was looking for something to put together after having so much fun upgrading my P…but that got derailed when I found this perfect, drop-dead gorgeous, orphaned American Select flame-top nitro body. I kept going back to look at it because it’s just exactly how I love flame top grain in that it’s not overly contrasted, has nice even tiger stripes, and very subtle gradation. Soooooo I bought it and I’m so glad that I did because it’s just stunning in person. The iphone pics above do not capture it. I have some goals. I want to source and install everything myself and that includes learning to file a nut, etc. Also, this body is such a nice piece of American Fender that I really want to keep it that way so I’m going to set it up with American series parts. My fiver is a big whole-grained tone monster but it’s very modern sounding with its N3s and its 18v preamp, so I want to build a more traditional four string passive with single coils. I’m interested in the Pure Vintage ’74s and the CS 60s so if anyone has any comments on those pickups please say something. I’m typing too much; I’ll post my mockup! (-NOTE: not actual body-) Orange soda! So it’s kind of difficult to perceive the color of the finish without its environment, so when clipped on white it looks like a popsicle. You have to use your imagination a bit. The body is so unbelievably pretty that I think I would've paid more for it than I did, had I seen it in person. So it’s going to be a combination of upper class and working standard. I really like that! What do you guys think? So I have tons of questions as I set off on my first parts build but I’ll leave it at this to start: Is anyone laughing at the white pearl on the amber burst nitro? I have to try it and when I do I’ll post a real pic, but please share any ideas for this one. I’m also kicking around a custom split pearl and black pickguard design, just to set it off. A maple neck looks great but I very much prefer my Jazzes with rosewood fretboards.