I have thought of an idea that makes me want to become a Luthier. Lots of people rave about the sound of the Warwick Thumb bass. But people complain that the neck is heavier than the body; which, causes an imbalance which causes severe wrist pain. And besides, poor balance is not something you want in a $2000+ bass. My idea is to build a Warwick Thumb bass ripoff, with a graphite neck. Does anyone have any suggestions on where I can find supplies? Can I buy MEC pickups directly from Warwick? And since I need to start thinking about college, which one is the best if I want to become a bass/guitar luthier?