Some pics of my first bass project... So far so good. It seems comfortable enough even before carving which is encouraging. I like the way the grain worked out with the fish shape, the flame giving a feeling of scales down the sides. A little disappointed at misaligning the neck lams at the back of the headstock. No going back now, maybe I'll paint that area black The plan is to carve the fish body in low relief and painting a few lines on sort of like in the cad drawing and fading the fins to black. Probably some yellow-green stain before clearcoating. I have a fair amount of leftover myrtlewood so I can experiment a good bit for just the right look. Well I got myself all into this project probably sort of half-assed, but here I am. I'm building this bass guitar shaped like a bass fish! Probably been done a million times, but I haven't seen it before I have a nice piece of lignum vitae for the fingerboard, the body is myrtlewood on the 7/8" top with mahogany for the rest. Neck is laminated hard maple with black mesquite. The black mesquite I chose because of the supposed stability of mesquite wood. Turns out it's a little less stiff than the maple, about the same hardness, and a bit heavier. The "bonk" tone of the board had a decent ring to it but quite a bit lower pitch compared to the maple. Pickups are a set of Bartolini XX M55C (-T & -B) soapbars. I don't really know what kind of tone these are supposed to have but I got a good deal off of Ebay so there they are! I'm planning on getting a Bart preamp too figuring I can't go wrong that way as far as having the right pots and whatever to suit the pickups. The plan is to have it 35" scale fretless with 5 strings, but I am having a tough time considering the strings and tone of the finished bass (guitar). I stopped in a t a big music store while on vacation and bought a set of LaBella Deep Talkin' nylon wounds which I though would be great from what I read on the TB forums, but they are too short for a 35" scale! So now I'm wondering about changing to 34" so I can use those strings, or what seems to be a lot of possibly great strings that will be too short for a 35" instrument. Then again I can get those strings as well as a few other flats in an extra long length. Or some roundwounds maybe. I don't want it to be really really dead sounding. I guess I'm hoping for something like the bass on "Is There Anybody Out There" from The Wall by Pink Floyd. Somewhere in the middle of bright and dead, smooth and growly. To me anyway. Any advice from experienced builders regarding fretless/flatwound/and 35" scale would be most welcome before I get too far along to make changes on this project.