The desire for a small, portable bass that I could sling across my back (like a backpack) and take with me to school, or, dare I say, work actually started here: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=288595 CONCEPT: Originally, this was basically going to be a 4-string guitar. It was to have a 25.5" scale and use standard guitar strings (just the first 4, though - EADG). I had maximum playability and portability in mind there. I wanted something that a guitarist or bassist could play, that could produce a guitar sound, or through an active EQ, produce a bassier sound, and that used readily available and less expensive guitar strings. I already had the parts and materials for a bass, though, so a bass it was! For this build, I used my Serenade model as template, making minor changes (flattening the upper horn for better access to the higher frets), and scaled it down to 30". I borrowed techniques from other companies/builders, and I hope they don't mind. I located the tuners in the body (Traveler Guitars) and the strings are held in ferrules at the head of the neck (Scott French). BODY: I planned on THIS project to be a quick one. Rather than ordering the proper body wood, I just went across the street to Lowe's and got some poplar. I really wish they had thick poplar boards, but they don't, so I got a 48" x 3/4" x 12" board, cut off two 14" lengths, and glued one atop the other, sandwich-style. The end result was a 1 1/2" blank 14" long and 12" wide. NECK: The neck wood came from Woodcraft. On my last trip, I got a 36" x 6" board of 3/4" maple ($12.99 + tax) which is big enough for 1-2 necks, depending on the design. PICKUP & ELECTRONICS: The pickup is an Artec under-saddle piezo and preamp jack, since they're cheap and they really don't sound that bad. It'll be seated under a maple saddle recessed into the body. Think of an acoustic bridge, only in this case, this whole body is the bridge. HARDWARE: Chrome Gotoh guitar tuners. I've asked in several threads whether or not guitar tuners can hold under the added tension of bass strings. The general consensus is no, they wont, and that bass tuners are big for a reason. However, it seems that no one has actually tried this, so at $6 a piece, it won't hurt much to find out. FINISH: Dyed blue with transparent semi-gloss poly. I'll probably make my own dye by heavily diluting some acrylic paint (art classes).