This is a first. I've been playing bass forever, and been making drums (under the name 'Madhat') for quite some time…I have not once made a bass. I have always LOVED the look of boutique single-cuts, and have always searched for new and better way to improve my offerings, so here goes nothing! This bass will be a hollow-body, single-cut, with a slight (one or two degree) arch in the top and back. It will be built in a traditional hollow-body method…not using a solid blank and routing, but using sides, kerfing, f-holes, and bracing. Furthermore, the bass will also include some not-so-common features in most other basses (boutique or not). It will have traditional, passive pickups mounted WITHIN the top (on the underside of it) using a special bracketing mechanism. Will have an extended foot block to allow for string-thru (possibly). Will have a semi-traditional double bass bridge - so no metal hipshot bridges here! And, likely the most foreign feature to most will be the inclusion of Rick Toone's Trapezoidal Neck Profile, with air-craft grade aluminum neck-core, since I've been blessed with his permission! Note that this build with this neck profile is for personal use only and the equipped neck could not be re-sold without permission from Rick. (Read here for more info on the patented profile!) The majority of the construction will be done with locally grown butternut, which has physical properties almost identical to spruce, which is the traditionally used wood in archtop guitar construction. The top, however, will be a ziricote laminate. The neck will be made of maple, and the fretboard of pale moon ebony, and a bridge of (perhaps?) gaboon. As far as typical tech specs, Warmoth gold frets (as I LOATHE chrome ), Hipshot lites for the tuners, a Lace Drop and Gain in the bridge and a jworrell custom in the neck. The pickups will each be independently wired to their own volume pot, and a varitone knob will act as a bit of a 'mixer'. This will (obviously) allow one to dial in just the right sound. As for actual visuals, I have painted a concept of what this thing will look like (using refs of the actual wood to be used), and supplied a slimed down schematic to show you guys what I'm working toward. First cuts begin…now! As always, any input is really appreciated!