Well after some months of hoping to build a bass someday, I finally have a chance to do it. I decided to make this an independent study project for my senior year of high school (I only need a half credit more to graduate so I decided to take some fun classes). I took a construction class last year so I asked the teacher to be my sponsor for this project. He's already ordered the wood and I'm working on the plan. It'll be a maple neck through with walnut wings with a maple core. I sketched a few designs and am in the process of drawing out a rough full size plan. I think I'll put in some jazz pickups if I can find some used ones. The bass'll be a fretless and I'm planning on putting in gold hardware. I have a plan for the pick guard though it depends whether or not I can find some pieces of scrap brass to make the control plate from. I guess I'm still in the planning stage right now since I really have none of the parts yet, besides a single piece of figured walnut I may use for the top. Where's a good place to look for used parts such as tuners, bridges, and pickups? Those seem to be the most expensive parts to get new, so I'm hoping to find some used ones. I think I'll be ordering most of the other parts (pots, knobs, truss rod, etc.) from Stew-Mac. I'm also still trying to figure out what finish would be the best. I was thinking tung oil would be nice. Maybe the fretboard should be epoxied since I'll be making a fretless. Well, this'll be my first build. I have the whole wood shop at school with all the tools I should need, and I have a lot of tools at home too. I hope this whole thing will go well and that I'll have a nice working bass to present to the independent study committee at the end of the semester.