Hey I'm going to be asking questions of you guys so don't be surprised by a flurry of posts from me. Here's the deal. In the back of my closet I've got the ghost of the first "real" bass I ever owned. It's been there for at least 10 years. I practically ruined it modding it to death. Today it looks like this: The body was originally my first ever "real" bass, an "Aspen" that I bought in 1978/79 at Sam Goody in New Jersey. It was a pickguardless P-bass copy. The mods that I have done over the years are numerous and somewhat irrelevant at this point. What I'm left with is a crappy hideous/interesting looking body with a horribly routed poorly located J bass pickup location and a lot of sentimental value. I've had the body stripped long ago, it's three pieces, medium weight, very lighly grained. It looks like Poplar or Agathis. I recently noticed that Rondo Music got some Team necks in. They look like this: I have really had no excuse or reason to want to rebuild this bass, as I've always had such better stuff handy. But I think would like a four string fretless P bass. I have successfully built basses from parts before. The lessons I learned ruining this bass were put into effect when I bought a parts bass years later and assembled it. That bass wasn't ruined, but it wasn't without significant problems (and lessons learned) either. Here's what I'm planning. Hardware: * The "Double Eagle" bridge stays, but I think I may have to move it away from the nut and the pickup (which would be a good thing) to maintain scale and allow for intonation. One of the problems with my terrible butchering mods was that I put the bridge in the wrong place. * The strat-style football output jack stays( because it has to, it was the first mod of all, and was installed when I stepped on the cord while practicing the first years I owned it.. I really hate basses that have a front output jack with no pickguard or anything. That's just asking for trouble.). * The tuners are very nice Schaller P-bass style tuners with a matching brass string tree. One is pretty bent. Pickups: * The empty bridge pickup cover will be replaced with one of the pickups from my old '95 MIM Jazz bass. * The P-Bass pickup is an old Jackson pickup that I have in the bottom of a box somewhere. - The pickup in there now is the original low end OEM DiMarzio that came on the Aspen in the 70s. It would probably sound wonderful if it worked but unfortunately I'm fairly sure one of the coils is dead. Any way to check the coils with a multimeter? Electronics: The reason there are four holes in the top of the bass is that I once had a Bartolini TIBIT (TBIBT?) EQ in there. Talk about cramming a lot of electronics in a tiny place. So I have to fill the holes. I'm planning Jazz bass style Vol/Vol/Tone from a kit from Stew-Mac, plus a series/parallel switch for the P-Bass pickup. Should give me a nice range of sounds. I am looking forward to having a fretless maple neck P-Bass. What do you think? The old neck was way overcranked on the truss rod by stupid young me. But it may be salvagable by someone who knows more than I.