Hi, I just had some questions about a bass I've been thinking about building sometime later in the summer once the finances come through, and I was hoping to get some help from somebody with some experience. 1. I've seen some figured crotch walnut that I really liked the look of, and want to make a bass topped and backed by it. I was wondering what a few well matched core woods might be, considering I am going for sustain. 2. I've played both neck through and set neck basses, but always very different models(don't ask which ones- bad memory for names) and haven't been able to make much of a independant comparison of the two. Are the differences really as pronounced as I've heard, or can someone get away with a bolt on neck without giving up to much in sound? 3. can a guitar have be both neck through, and topped and backed by a different wood, in effect "hiding" the neck through? if so, would this make the bass overly heavy, or hurt the sustain? To reword that in case I wasn't clear, I'd like have the neck go through the core, then be covered on either side by the figured walnut I had described before, as I don't like the look of neckthroughs. 4. do satin finishes work well on walnut necks? I appreciate any help I could get on this.