it's that time of year... as if you weren't aware. I recently got a bunch of Squier Jazz VM/Standard pieces in a trade (a FrankenTele my local gear guy Rod Evans put together for me) to do a project out of. So far, it's been re-done to have a more "highway 1" black finish but in the coming weeks I'll have routed the neck(middle) pup for an HB... I put her together but it's gone to complete dung, I'm sure you can guess why. Thinking about a Bad*ss bridge, but only because I know it's compatible with the very ****** pre-drilled holes by the previous owner... but wood filler, drills and other options are not out of the question if it's worth it. I've gone by the mantra of "you can't polish a turd without getting **** everywhere" for a while, but everyone starts somewhere, right? SO, I'm going to do a total overhaul, starting with EMG's, because I'm lazy and they have snap-on wiring, but that rules out any and all vintage amps IE. Traynor s, Sunn's, etc. which completely rules out my pre-concieved idea on going for a big/warm vintage tone. (I'm not into setting amps on fire) On top of all that, the neck I got out of the trade ended up having a broken truss rod (and subsequently a very gnarly rattle) so I'm replacing it with an old Fender-ish (skunk-stripe) neck with a painted black headstock... only issue is that I'm intending on getting rid of the aforementioned matte black fin for a DIY walnut stain, and because I'm a shallow loser I can't bear having such a headstock there is going to be quite a bit of work to be done. That being said, I really want to make my 4th-ish bass "my first" real bass love, so no detail can be spared if I'm knowledgable of it. So, that's me. Do you have big plans for a project? any tips or tricks to share? they're all much appreciated by all. Youtube is a great resource, but it's not always specific enough for a self-proclaimed/aspiring gear nerd. All the best in 2012, TB'rs. -Radley.