I've been considering building another bass and would like to get some input from some experienced folks. I have a nice new G&L Tribute L-2500 bass that is ok but doesn't thrill me as much as I had hoped. It has the swamp ash top over <basswood?> body, bolt on maple neck with maple fretboard. I also have a small stack of wood suitable for a couple of nice basses at least. I have bloodwood, hard maple, a very nice piece of ebony big enough for at least three 5 string fretboards, a 2" thick piece of birch, a piece movingui suitable for a top, and a beautiful curly redwood bookmatched top. I also don't really have a budget for tuners, pickups etc... SO...how about replacing all the woodwork on my tribute? I have been kicking around some neckthrough designs and have built one bass and one guitar which both turned out well so I'm not afraid to start building. What I am concerned about is building for tone. My L-2500 can get very nasal sounding with a lot of treble and clankiness, and takes more knob twisting than I would like to get tones that make me happy. I had planned on building a maple and bloodwood neckthrough bass with maple body, redwood top, and ebony fingerboard, but that may sound worse that what I have with the electronics that are available. Can anyone suggest how the neckthrough construction might differ in tone from the bolt on, and maybe if I should buy one or two more pieces of another kind of wood to produce a mellower acoustic sounding instrument.