Hey folks, Just wondering why the plane of the fretboard is typically 1/4 inch or so above the plane of the body at the neck joint? Is there any reason that the fretboard couldn't be right at the same plane as the body (of course the frets would keep the strings up off the body a bit.) This seems to be the case with the "RAMP" on the Gary Willis Setup site (from the "truss rod/action sticky post in the Setup forum) at least between the neck and the pickups. I would think if you were to theoretcially (sp??) "raise" the body up to be even with the fretboard, the pickups could be even with the body (or even burried under a thin layer of the topwood so it looked like they weren't even there. Of course the bridges on the market are designed for the way the basses are built with the fretboard above the body, so they would need to be recessed or custom made to a lower profile and you wouldn't have the pickups to rest your thumb on, but is there some other reason against this that I'm missing?