After browsing the DP Custom website and reading the related posts, I have a severe case of G.A.S. like I've never had before. I need to check into gasoholics anonymous. Wait a minute, that's what the Basses forum is! As usual, I am calling upon my fellow TBers to share their expertise. I am looking for a rather comprehensive breakdown of the various factors that affect the sound of a bass and how much weight each factor carries. Here are some factors/ questions to start a discussion. I know some of these have been discussed to quite some length, but I haven't seen a discussion on some, so here goes: 1) Body size Aside from how it affects the look and feel, does it affect the sound? 2) Woods used for the body How crucial is this for the sound? 3) Neck/ fingerboard woods I've seen maple and rosewood being discussed, but what are other types of woods and how do they affect the sound? 4) What determines how wobbly or tight the strings are? 5) Does anything in particular affect how good the bass will be for slapping? 6) Pickups I know there is a whole forum dedicated to this but.... I know pickups are very important, but are they the single most crucial thing that affects the sound? I'm sure I missed so many important things to ask so feel free to include ANYTHING! Hopefully others can also benefit from the answers to these questions. Thanx. And hopefully trying to designing a custom bass will help alleviate some of my G.A.S.