Greetings, Here's the motivation behind this project. My main bass is a Variax 705 (which I love) but I got the idea to build another bass and swap Variax electronics into the custom job from this gentleman's amazing build: http://www.exit45.com/VaxIV Before I launch into that complex of a build I decided to do a "test" build. One thing I've learned over the years is that for me, 80% or my time is spent finding tools, setting up jigs etc. So I figured that I would expend very little extra effort by building two at the same time. So I am making one 4 string and one 5-string. Specs: Seymour Duncan Basslines pickups. Actives for the 5, passive for the 4 3-band active EQ for both. BadAss bridges, Schaller BMG Lite tuners and all black hardware. I also decided to use locally obtainable woods. It is of course cheaper that way, and a little more meaningful to me. Both basses are thru-neck designs. I visited the local lumber yard and found a nicely figured Birch plank for the top, and a slab of Mahagony for the back. Neck on the fiver is Alder with slim oak strips for contrast. The Four is a Poplar neck with Oak strips. I wanted a Walnut layer in the body... more on where I got that later. So here's the progress so far. Neck Layup. I scored a whole bunch of cheap (2 for $10) bar clamps at Tractor Supply that work just fine for this project Out of the jig and machined flat, the Alder neck grain looks nice Here's the neck scarf joint jig I made for the table saw. The saw BTW is my new Bosch portable that folds up nicely into a corner in about 5 seconds. Here's the results of the 4-string neck. The headstock of the 5 is in the jig to the right. Thankfully I made the blanks plenty long since my first cut on one of the necks left me with a neck that would be over two inches too long (marking error) I am building both in 35" scale, but an extra 2" would be over the top. Headstock clamping. This went much smoother than I expected. Careful clamping sequence prevented any slippage. I used small indexing pins on one, but found those to be unnecessary with the second.