I'm thinking about building a custom bass and would appreciate any advice from those who have experience with this sort of thing. My thought is to build a J-style bass with some modern features and some nice tone-shaping capability. I already have a stock MIA Jazz bass, so this one needs to sound different. ( I primarily play funk/jazz/groove-oriented music, just in case that helps.) I will probably buy the body from Warmoth, as I've heard good things about their quality. As far as the neck is concerned, I'm thinking about going with a Status Graphite Retro-fit neck. Does anyone know much about these necks? Do they have phenolic or wood fingerboards? Are they comfortable to play? I've heard some folks say that they think graphite-neck instruments sound sterile, but I'm guessing the choice of wood for the body will have a big effect on this. What about pickups and preamps - any recommendations? I used to have EMG-J pickups in a Jazz bass and thought they sounded pretty good. And last of all, any recommendations for hardware? I don't have any experience in assembling a bass or installing pickups, but I'd like to learn - the only I do have experience with is doing my own setups. My concern is that I end up screwing up the assembly of my new bass after spending $1000 or so on parts! How easy or difficult is it to put this thing together? Many thanks for any advice you can provide!