As a first small (Read - Miniscule) step towards my dream of making my own basses, I want to make myself a new wooden pickguard for my fretless. It's a 70s-ish fretless schecter parts bass that I picked up a few months ago while on holiday in Holland - It's in pretty good condition apart from the wooden pickguard being snapped in half as you can see in this pic here - Normally, I would probably just leave it, but lately I've been ocassionally (And painfully!) catching my fingernails in the break, so I decided it would be a good idea to make a new one for myself (Really the only thing I can make until I get a little workshop space to do some more experimenting) However, before I start, I need some advice. Firstly, Any suggestions as to what wood I should use? Whatever it is at the moment is nice, but I think I would prefer to have a little more contrast, possibly with a lighter wood? I also need to know what type of wood would be of a suitable thickness. I was thinking veneer but being by no means an expert on these things I have no idea where to look in the UK to get any, or what kind of thickness it would be. Any help at all would be great!