I actually searched to see if the rookie build posts were typically put in the "Luthier's Corner" section. I guess that's the norm, although I don't consider myself even a little bit of a luthier, more like a "guy who built something that looks a little like a bass in my garage". I actually wanted a fretless, and NOT having to do the fretwork seemed like a HUGE bonus for a first timer. Built this from scratch (almost, someone else can decide if I cheated). I did purchase a piece of bloodwood roughcut to size to use as a fretboard.......ok, I bought 2, in case I screwed the first one up. First pic is the pile of 1x2's and a 1x6 I picked out at Home Depot. Not sure why, but rather than glue the neck up then taper it, I decided to taper all 4 pieces that make up the neck. Something about leaving the extreme fibers intact I suppose, but mostly because I could do it with a table saw. second pic shows the taper jig, feather board and the 4 tapered neck pieces prior to gluing.