Well, I was telling my mom I'm headed up to Odo and Bass Central on Wedensday (Hi Gard! ) And she said, "You're always after some bass. Why not build one." It snowballed from there, and starting tomorrow, I'm getting the books, to research it, even though between my knowledge of bass construction, and my stepfathers wood working expertise (not to mention possesion of the right tools), I'm going to build a bass. First up is going to be a prototype, to figure out things, made of cheap woods, like pine and oak. it's not going to be played, just figuring it out and making mistakes on cheap woods rather than the expensive ones. If all goes well, I'll start in on a real bass. Heck, if it goes wrong, I'll still keep going till I get it right. And the best part? Because I'm learning a skill/trade, my mom will pay for the woods and if all goes good enough for her, the hardware and electronics. She'd rather pay for me to learn how to, than just go buy one. She as much as I would like to see me make something of this I realize it's all easier said than done, but I'd rather figure that out myself, and try to make some good damned basses. Heck, if I can, maybe start a little buisness of repairs/building around town. You know, a little part time job of my own. Sell em or whatever. If not, I'll have a heckuva collection started! So, just to let you guys know. Contruction will start on the prototype in about a week or two, depending on how fast I get the woods, and a truss rod....I'm so amped. This is like a big adventure, and I'm seeing dreams of a buisness where I could make things for a living. I'm ing so much right now, I think the experience will be worth it, and more. Plus, if I take woodshop next year, I'll have a free hour and a half to work on basses in school. Maybe, Maybe if there is interest, start taking orders. IF. Heck, be an fairly acomplished luthier by the time I'm in college. How's that suit'cha? Me? just fine Actually, I just want to start. Viva La Bass!