I'm in the process of having a bass built for me. Its gonna be a bit eccentric (as all my basses are) but as its being done by a top-notch builder, I expect it will sound and play great when its done. The problem is, I "designed-in" a limitation: it has to fit into a regular "stratocaster" molded flight case. Consequently, its been a bit of a battle to come up with something balanced. Its "do-able" as a neck-through headless, and with a small enough body to fit in the "strat' footprint, but its looking wierder and wierder as i go along. the construction of neck laminations is just getting underway, so i have a couple of weeks before the actual body design has to be submitted! please have a look at my 'pre-production' corel drawings, and give me some advice as to what looks good, bad, or just plain UGLY! After banging out twenty different sketches I'm not very objective any more... ** The pics are exact scale drawings, but the hardware has just been 'blocked in' (grey squares representing the chrome parts), and the neck-laminations arent strictly accurate. But the finish (tiger-eye over quilted maple) is pretty close! The final thing will be 4-strings, fretted, ebony board. ALL comments are graciously appreciated, as i dont want this to turn out as the next "Wishnevsky"!! PS: Thanks for everyone who voted on the first thread - based on the advice given there, i have whittled it down to these six 'refinements' (hopefully) on the 3 most popular of my 12 original sketches.