I just picked up a very nice slab of ash. It's 2" thick, 8" wide and four feet long. I plan on cutting it in half and edge gluing to make a new Fender Jazz style body (only a little more customized to my liking...thinner horns, more of an arch top solid body, etc.). I also want to contour the back and top of the body in a more ergonomic fashion...made for me specifically. I'll also be rear routing for the controls as I don't want a pickguard covering this beautiful piece of wood. The grain looks sensational on it, and the way the grain pattern on it looks, if I cut it right in half and edge glue that one side together, it will almost look like a bookmatched top (though it's a solid piece). This will take me some time as I'll only be able to work a bit on it here and there, but I am really fired up to make this new body. I've got all the tools (plunge router, table saw, band saw, etc.) and I'll be making routing templates for it. I've searched and searched for some pics of solid ash bodies, but most pics are of the fancy laminate top variety. Anyone have any pics of some nice ash bodies (without laminate tops)? Also, I'm not sure what direction I want to go in with regards to stains, or just clear coating it without any stain. Pics would help, but I'm leaning towards just clear-coating...but maybe a bit of a reddish-brown, or just brown stain of some variation. I'll be putting a Warmoth Jazz maple neck with an ebony fingerboard and no face inlays on it. I thought maybe the clear-coat alone would contrast nicely with black hardware to match the fingerboard. I guess trying some stain on some of the scrap wood will help with my decision. Any suggestions or tips, etc? This is the first body I've made in over twenty years (though I've been a wood worker my whole life).