I'm building my first bass and I'm at some points where I need some advice. Before my question(s) I'll tell you about the bass and what I'm going for. I'm buidling the body out of maple and I'm ordering a maple neck from carvin (bolt on neck). I want the maple because I'm going for a brighter sound so I think that the maple will do that. I have EMG J-pickups. Thats pretty much about it at the moment. Now a few questions... 1.) Doing a color finish on the instrument: Is there different color stains out there so I can still see the wood grain but also give the bass say a blue color too it? If so how and where do i get my hands on these? (or make them) 2.) Doing inlays with abalone and pearloid, for a small design on the headstock how do I get the material into the wood? What tools do I use and how do I cut the pearloid/ablone? That should be it for now, Thank you for all your help in advance. Here are 2 pics of what it looked like before I shaped it after I glued the 2 pieces of maple together and a pic of what it looks like now after I did the main shaping to it.