This is uncharacteristic of me but I'm getting pretty excited over a new design I've come up with. Usually I don't like to unveil any aspect of anything I design until it's built so that the best impression can be made but this one can't wait. For some time now I've wanted to design my own bass from scratch. My building until now has centered around the Jazz since it is the instrument that has most "fit" me and my physique. But with all of the beautiful work coming out of so many builders, I've been prodded into coming up with a design that is unique (to a point) but stands the greatest chance of being a keeper by concept. That is, this form will likely fit me as it is on paper without much tweaking required. Everything I design is done so with the idea in mind that it will be player in my own harem. Well here it is: It's just a line drawing so that details can be worked on without distraction. You will see a lot of influences in the shape. That's intentional because I know how it will feel before it's built. Besides whatever shape you recognize likely comes from a bass that I like. The actual woods used aren't as important as making sure everything works together. The simple details are this - 35" scale, neck-thru, active. The illustration doesn't show strings for clarity. The three unique features are the headstock design, the stringing method and the tail detail on the body. The headstock is pretty forthright. It took a long time to get it right and if I see it on any other bass before I build this one, I will hunt you down The bridge shown is just a generic floating type. The strings will pass over the bridge and anchor in slots and ferrules mounted in the tail of the body. Not string-thru but not stop tail either - sort of a combination. The flared tail on the body is just that. It will be the same wood that is used thru the neck and will flare as shown. The wings of the body will be cut to fit into these recesses. This is easy for me since the cutting will likely be done on a CNC router. Those familiar with my CAD-CAM bass know about the capabilities of this machine. The file that created this drawing will be the same file that is used to drive the router. Ain't technology grand?! I'll likely build a bolt on with the same body style first to experiment with some assembly techniques. Well, there it is for all to see. Comments are welcome. Piracy will be prosecuted!!