Hi everyone, I havent posted here in a while, but then again I didnt post that much in the first place for a bit. Ive (like many bassists/musicians) been interested in building my own instrument. Ive ordered several books that have not arrived yet, and searched through alot of catalogues, websites, price lists, and how-to websites to get myself a little bit informed. I purchased a 3 piece purple heart neck already slotted for a LMI truss rod, and plan on purchasing a nice set of cocobolo fingerboards. Seeing as this is my first bass, I wanted to see everyones opinions on what would be the best for someone starting from scratch with only a paperback guide on my side. As far as I can tell, the problem areas I am having are: Body-Woods, Solid or multiple pieces? Adhesives-Gluing the fingerboard to neck? Tools-My father has plenty of tools for most purposes in the industrial work area, but I need some possible luthier specifics. I also would like to possibly inlay something into the headstock for a bit of personal identity, and have some abalone blank slabs laying in my garage that I could use. I am not sure what tools could be used to get decent shapes out of them without damaging them. Then theres the issue of actually putting them in... Well, it seems that I came into this post not knowing what I needed as much, and now looking back at it all it seems Ill need quite a bit ! I would really appreciate if someone left feedback! Thanks a million!