So as you can tell by the headline I am currently designing a new bass for myself. Here are the specs: 6 string fretless piccolo short scale bocote fretboard? 3 piece mahogany/maple/mahogany neck bolt on bookmatched cocobolo top (2 piece) swamp ash body with chambers (1 piece) brass nut gold schaller tuners 3x3 Hipshot "A" bridge/single? Nordstrand Pups Audere Preamp (9V) GK-3B internal mdi There are still some questionable things. This is what I have so far. It started out much differently since I wanted to take a bass and remod it but I had to throw all of it away and start from scratch. I just order the cocobolo and swamp ash and it should arrive in a few weeks. I already have the Nordstrand Pups and the Schaller tuning keys. Luckily for me I have a buddy of mine who is wiling to teach me how to work the machines. I've taken into account weight and size and thought that since this is going to be a piccolo bass I'll go short scale. This bass is goin to be much smaller than usual but hopefully it'll work. The reason why I chose piccolo is for the midi. I understand the latency with larger guages and lower frequencies so to compensate for it. I do have a question if someone can help. I'll be leaving the center full for the pickups and bridge but the upper wing will be hollowed out. If I were to place the top on it without an "F" hole, will this affect the sound as opposed to adding one? Electronically this will be a pain the the @$$ and a mess inside since the midi will be internal. Fortunately Audere already provides their pre amps prewired so I wont have to mess with that, though it takes away from the fun. I've been inspired by the JD Legend bass with the synth/acoustic/electric setup but opted to skip the piezo. I will have a design posted very shortly. Overall it'll be colorful and a difficult task since this is my first official build. Any tips? I might need them.