I visited my luthier the other day to speak about the spec for the bass I want built. Because of some superb pieces of wood that I have, one option that came up is making the neckthrough 'blank' only about 1" thick. The NT blank would then be attached to the body, with the body coming around behind the NT section to give the required 1.5-2" body thickness. I've seen this type of construction used by others, and by reports sounds great, but my luthier has never done it personally so won't give an opinion on how it might sound, except that he beleives the body wood will have a larger contribution to the sound than it would in a more conventional 'Alembic' style NT assembly. The conjecture is based on the fact that the body is in contact with the neck assembly over a much larger area. We also have a couple of body blanks that could be used one piece (maybe with F/R facings) with a channel routed in them for the NT assembly to sit in. this pic gives an idea of what I mean, only mine would have a whole lot less laminates. Any comments on sonics, experiences or any other issues that might extend from this type of construction?