I've decided to take a bold step in my future as a bassist, and not only design a custom bass but take part in the actual construction. Working with a local repairman/luthier I've managed to get a few basics worked out. Basically, we're going to order a Carvin 6 string neck-thru neck, variouse hardware, and blocks of the woods we'll be using (Probably swamp ash and walnut or claro walnut). He's going to cut the body sides and do some basic routing, and I'm going to assemble the rest by hand. I know this is unusual, but I was hoping for some pointers from any other TBers who have been through this. You know, what else to plan, what pitfalls to avoid, etc... I thank ya'll in advance.