Hey there folks. I'm kind of using discussions with people for a project in one of my design classes, and I thought who better to talk to then you people . I hope I posted this is the correct forum, I figured I would get the most hits from builders in the Luthier section. If not then my apologies, feel free to move it elsewhere. I did do a search, and things were a little spread out, so a thread like this might be kind of interesting. Anyways, many of you have designed and built your own basses (many of which I am a fan of). I was wondering if you could answer a few questions and fill me in with some details regarding your design process. Feel free to discuss/debate with me or each other all you want. Sorry if some of these questions are a little broad, but this can be a starting point. I myself have a great interest in designs of basses, hope to be involved in it someday. When making some of your designs, what exactly are you aiming for? In other words, when not building for someone personally, what do you try and put into your work (your standard models)? Is playability, looks, or both, the main starting point? Also how much of a role does influence play in your designs? Do you sometimes try and create something completely original, or incorporate some of your influences along with your ideas into the design? Thanks for reading this. I appreciate your input on this .