But my homemade bass is almost done! My own design, based around a carvin neck-through blank (ebony, maple, 5 string fretted) with ash body sides. I'm hoping to route the holes and get hardware on it over spring break (end of feb) my current plan is to go with an EMG DC40 with no controls, just direct to an output jack recessed into the back (fewer holes, more wood) All black hardware, gotoh style tuners. Any suggestions for a good bridge? The shorter lengthwise the better (space is limited as you can see) This pic is actually from the past summer (notice the workboot tan) the bass currently has more of a radius on the top and the rough spots around the edges have smoothed out. I'm planning on a blue tinted oil finish over the whole thing. What do yall think? Oh and does anyone have any suggestions on how to rout the pickup and control cavities? I'm thinking I'll make a pattern and then use a router bit with a bearing at the top, while clamping the pattern over the body.