So after extensive searching of this forum along with MIMF and various books, I have begun making my first bass. It is a two-piece mahogany body with bookmatched AAA maple top. The body design is my own and was intended to be fairly ergonomic yet simple. I realize that the scroll on the upper bout may seem like a knockoff of the CT et al. design, but I just had to have it to satisfy my G.A.S. for that look. The bolt-on, fretless neck with ebony fingerboard is coming from Carvin and will be have a custom headstock design. I already have a Hipshot "B" bridge (through body stringing) for it, and I will be using Gotoh tuners and Carvin's active/passive electronics. All hardware will be black, and the finish will be Tru-Oil. I am looking for feedback and help on the following areas: 1) How does the design look? 2) What pickups work best for a fretless mwah sound? (Can't afford Barts, but I can afford Basslines, EMG Select, etc.) 3) What is the easiest way to cutout a paddle headstock that has been laminated with maple veneer with the nut already installed? 4) Any hints about setting up the fretless neck (ie truss rod tightness, string action, finishing the fingerboard). Thanks a million for the expertise in this forum!