I am about to be the proud owner of a new project bass for myself. NEW being a bit of an overstatement, I guess, but hey, it's new to me. Tomorrow I go to pick up 2 basses for a silly deal: a Squier Deluxe Active Jazz 5 and a Rogue 6 string for $225... for BOTH! And while I am not so much a fan of the Rogue, I have wanted a Squier DAJ5 ever since I sat down and gave one a chance at GC San Diego and it was the best sounding bass they had at the time. It was amazing how nice and clear it was for such an inexpensive bass. When I saw this listing, I was pumped. The plan is, spiff up the 6 and get rid of it. The $$$ that I get subtracted from $225 equals practically nothing for this bass. For me, that means UPGRADE TIME!!! I mean, this bass is going to be the understudy to my American Jazz Dlx 5 with the J Retro Dlx pre, so it better sound good. Funny enough, this is the first bass I've bought since the AMJDLX5 took its place in my collection - the only! It wiped out my need for anything else and its been my only bass for... 4 years now! HOLY MONKEY! I didn't even realize. So anyway, I pondered getting one of these for a while. I always said I'd get one if I had to sell my main axe. They are dirt cheap new and don't really drop in value used, so why not? Well, I probably would have never pulled that trigger, as I will never get that desperate (the AMJDLX is mine forever). But at this price, I'd be a freaking idiot to say no. At the same time, I have been thinking about making a custom bass and trying out different preamps, pickups, etc and maybe even trying my hand at painting, custom shaping, and the like. Well, what better way than a cheap J bass that's made pretty decently? If it costs me practically nothing, any upgrades I do, spending up to its actual value, are all gravy. And I am not worried about such mods on a bass like this. It's not like it's a rare, US made, collectable piece. It's a player. GO NUTS! So tomorrow, it arrives. It even starts as a project! No strings and a battery wire needs to be fixed. LOVE IT! Obviously, I'm gonna make it work and give it a bit of a test at band practice, so the heavy stuff will come later here. But I am on the hunt right now as to what I plan on changing. The way I see it, whatever I buy for this can always be taken out, should I find a better candidate for nice parts. But as it stands, it's like a blank canvas for me. I will post pics as soon as I can and will keep this thread abreast of its progress.