So this is going to be my winter project. I live in a small apartment in Cambridge, MA and don't have access to a workshop of any kind, so this will mostly be done on our dining table with hand-tools, and/or on the roof for the dirtiest stuff. Backstory: Awhile ago I bought a custom body off a guy on TB, who got it from a Brazillian luthier/woodworker on E-Bay and never used it. Wood type unknown, style rather unique. The TBer told me it fit a standard fender neck. When I got it, I discovered that while a fender neck would fit, the scale length would put the bridge off the back end of the bass. Pissed off, I stuck it in the back of my closet and started trying to find a short scale neck so that I could make something playable with the body, since I do like the design of it. Suffice it to say, short scale replacement necks are ridiculously hard to find (except danelectros which I don't like), and even ebay was no help to me. Then I was in my local guitar store, and had an epiphany. A 24 fret neck would make the scale fit on the body! Unfortunately, a true 24 fret neck (aka not the FB extension a-la warmoth fender necks) proved almost as hard to find as a short scale replacement neck. But there's a lot of basses out there with 24 fret necks, I just had to bide my time and cherry-pick a cheap one off e-bay. I eventually scored an old Washburn Axxess SX-6 bass on e-bay for $70 shipped. Not bad for a $650 retail bass from 1990. When I got it it played fairly nicely, sounded far better than expected, and was definitely a steal for the price I paid. But the paint job was godawful and the headstock was that pointy 80's metal style, so I didn't feel bad stealing the neck off of it and butchering it. So! Stage 1: -Body: :: Sanding body: %80 (need to go once over with fine grit) :: Reroute neck pocket (too shallow as is): %0 :: tweak p'up routes: %0 :: Body finish: probably doing natural oil, %0 :: Route rim for backplate: %0 -Hardware obtaining: %40 :: Bridge from Grizzly in the mail :: Tuners off washburn: DONE :: Strings: have crap ones for initial setup, need good ones. :: Backplate: custom job of wood. -Electronics: %10 :: Get Ultra Jazzes: DONE :: Get Bart NTCT: DONE :: Pots/switches: in the mail :: Drill lead holes for pickups & bridge grounding :: Determine knob layout and drill holes :: Wire up pots/pre. :: Install p'ups, knobs. - Assembly: %0 Bass will be playable at this point. yay! Stage 2: - Changing headstock from 4-inline to 2+2: %0 :: Headstock shape: still in debate. :: Cut headstock. Veneer?: %0 :: Drill +2 tuner holes: %0 :: inlay design: %0 :: inlay: %0 :: refinish headstock and/or-not neck: %0 :: reassemble: %0 Woah. So I have a lot more to do than I thought, now that I sit down and lay it out. Ah well, it'll keep me good and busy through this cold, dark New England winter. Attached is a mockup from photos of bits and pieces. Note that final body finish hasn't been decided yet, nor electronics. Nor pickups for that matter, but I had to put something in there. heh. Thoughts? Opinions? Advice?