Hey all, I've been toying with the idea of making a bass from scratch for years now and with the wealth of information I've gotten from reading and looking at all the FANTASTIC stuff you folks have provided here on TB as well as all the stuff referenced to here I am even more stoked to try it. Anyway I was wondering how well plain old Oak would be (think Home Depo Lumber) for basic prototype building. I've worked a lot with Oak for the woodworking in my house and I actually really like the look of it (which I've heard some people say the opposite, but that's the nature of opinions on appearance, and it's certainly not on the same appearance scale as the many Spalted/Burled/Exotic woods I GAS for). Is there any deficiency in Oak for instrument purposes? Would it be OK to use to get the kinks out of the building process? Thanks again for all of your expert advice!!!