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Hey all.
Couple things I can't decide on for a new bass build I'm in the very early planning stages of.
I am thinking of getting a Warmoth body blank pre-routed and cutting out my shape.
First question is: Which wood? The options are mahogany, swamp ash, and alder. I want to do a translucent stain, so I want some interesting grain patterns. I've like swamp ash in other guitars, so I'm leaning towards that.
Also, do you guys have a better source in the states for a custom routed body blank? I've bought Warmoth before, and I like what I got.

Second is pickups. I am just putting 1 pickup in it. I may get it routed for a music man. Do any of you have opinions on the actual music man pickup or something that fits the rout? I'm not set on the music man, just want to put something different in there. I play mostly rock and metal, I use a fuzz pedal about half the time and like a good low end growl with some smooth mids. (solid state fender amp)

Also, any thoughts on custom neck makers?
Harmony: Stratocaster
Alvarez: F-200
Schecter: Omen 6
Fender: BXR-60
Dean: Metalman Z Bass (Betty)
Egnator: Tweaker 15
Pearl: Maximum
ESP/LTD: EXP-300
Custom: Harley Quinn Bass
Custom: TK-421 Explorer
A steadily growing supply of pedals
#2
id say go with mahogany. its my favorite grain pattern tbo.
Gear:

Guitars:
BC Rich Warlock
Dean 88
ME682-In Progress
Amps:
Carvin SX300
Etc:
Clayton 1.0mm picks
Planet Waves cables.