Though the experienced builders on the forum won't find this of much value, perhaps some of you guys that have been wishing, and procrastinating about building a bass will. The CAD/CAM bass project I just completed was designed to meet several criteria - 1)Build the best looking instrument possible. 2)Use upgraded features. 3)Don't scrimp on sound. 4)Do it as cheaply as possible. I can vouch for only scoring 3 of the 4 since the electronics haven't been completed, but it sounds great acoustically! At any rate here is the breakdown of the costs involved with the project. The point is that it doesn't necessarily need a fortune to get acceptable results. Body wood 58.00 new - local Neck 105.00 used - ebay Pickups 125.00 new - local Preamp 32.00 used - ebay Bridge 41.00 new - ebay contact Tuners 28.00 new - Stewart MacDonald Knobs 6.00 new - local Straplocks 12.00 new - local Ferrules 6.00 new - Stewart MacDonald Jack Plate 1.00 new - hand fab Nut .00 new - hand fab Neck Hardware 10.00 new - local Finish 30.00 new - local Misc Hardware 10.00 new - local Strings 23.00 new - local TOTAL 481.00 This doesn't include some items like additional tools that I needed for completion. But everything was done using fairly common tools except of course for the body. After completing this I thought of a great way for someone to get started in this type of hobby. That's to take an existing (lesser loved - if there's such a thing) instrument and use it's hardware to make a new creation. Then you've got custom without some of the larger ticket items on the list. At any rate here it is for your digestion...uuurrrrpp!