i figure i'll start a thread for posting the happenings and goings on with my custom. first of all, being good engineers ( ), let's have some objectives: 1) A Versatile, lightweight and portable bass 2) Handmade by me. 3) Under $1,000, preferably. Now, here is a list of materials I "need" thus far: -Mahogany Body Blank ~$90 -2 Thick Wenge or Ebony Laminates and 1 Thin Maple Laminate (Hippy Sandwich deal in the center) ~30 -Flame Maple Top (Maybe) ~$100 -Graphite Neck (?), Headless. OR Standard Wood Neck, a la USACG. ~$200-500 -Bartolini/Dingwall FD-3 Pickups ~$100-200 -Wiring, 3 Knobs, Shielding, Input Jack, 2 Potentiometers, 1 Capacitor, and a 5 Way Rotary Switch. ~$30-50 -ETS or ABM Headless Bass Bridge/Head Unit. ~$120 -Strings ~$20 now, here's my improved sketch, which is slowly being drawn up in a CADD program called Autodesk Inventor: that's it so far. i'm just drawing things up, and hunting for the cheapest parts now. if you have any suggestions and/or ideas, feel free to fire away. and yea, that sketch has an AWFUL fret job.