...okay, so here goes: I'm in the late planning stages of my first build. Before I get into the nitty-gritty, I'll say that while I have a considerable amount of general woodworking experience (boats, framing houses, making cabinets, laying floors/hanging ceilings, etc) and a significant amount of experience modifying instruments, I have never built an instrument before. So with that out of the way, my plan is for a short-scale (27.5 inch) lined fretless, with a fingerboard and bridge arched sufficiently to allow arco playing when desired (using a cello board and bridge). In order to make the build quick and simple, I plan to: - Carve the body/neck/headstock out of a single block of African mahogany with a jigsaw - Route, rasp and sand the thing to shape (including cavities) - Reinforce the neck with a carbon fibre rod or two (in lieu of an adjustable trussrod) - Glue the FB, nut, etc. on - Install hardware and string it up (4 string, either standard cello strings/tuning or bass standard) - Use a rented strobe tuner to ascertain precisely where each fretline should fall - Inlay the maple fretlines - ??? - PROFIT! I figure I'll actually get down to business in a week or so, when I have some spare time, but I wanted to post here before I begin final planning so that I can get opinions and advice. Mainly, I want to know what you guys would do differently, were you me. Just some details on the instrument itself - going to go for a flat headstock (not tilt-back), with string retainers, going to use a standard cello tailpiece, going to use an ebony nut, going to use a standard guitar strap paired with an extra-long endpin (so that I can play it bass-style or brace said endpin against my right foot's arch when playing standing, to make arco easier), and going to use one magnetic pickup coil per string - Fender Mustang pickups - to ensure each string has its own height adjustment and whatnot. Controls will likely be simple - VT. So - have you guys got any advice, warnings, concerns, etc. for me to take into account? Thanks in advance!