I've recently purchased wood to start construction on a bass. However, I've recently decided that I want to go with a short scale (30") bass. I'm not sure that woods I've chosen will be appropriate for a short scale bass. I'm worried that the guitar would be very articulate. Right now I'm planning on a five piece neck through with two Cherry pieces, two thin Mahogany strips, and a poplar center strip. At the very least I figure I have to replace the poplar with Maple. The body is going to be mahogany. I bought a piece of Birch because I liked the figuring. At first I thought that I would use it as a finger board, but its not quarter sawn. Now I'm thinking that it would make a good top wood. I want the advantage of a short scale but to still be able to maintain some articulation of the notes. What are others experiences of good wood combo's for a short scale?