#1
Well I've decided to build a bass guitar for a present... i have five months to do it so time is not important. But first off all I have some questions about the different types of wood and etc.

First - Does the style of the body affect the tone, sustain and so on seriously? I mean if the body is small and jagged can it reduce the quality of the sound and vice versa. What if I make it without a body?

Second - What are the specific properties of different kinds of wood - the tone (bright, warm, crackling, damp....) and also the sustain.

Third - The neck, what if I make a neck go through the body? Or the engravings on the fretboard - how can I make them.

And at last - the pups - I already have one finished single pickup. It's tubular . However - how the distance between the pickups and the middle of the string (12fret) affect the tone and the output?

Any kind of help will be greatly appreciated . And I'll try to post some pics also.

Cheers and thanks in advance.
#2
1. The shape gennerally doesnt affect the tone much (if at all) but size does affect sustain and tone to a point, Imo i wouldn't go with an extremely small body

2. http://www.warmoth.com/bass/options/options_bodywoods.cfm

3. A neckthrough greatly increases sustain

4. generally the further from the 12th fret/closer to the bridge, the brighter the sound

@the more experienced builders: if I am wrong on any of these points, sue me. I've been away from building for a long time.
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#3
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3. A neckthrough greatly increases sustain


There have been many, many tests done on this. The difference in sustain is negligible, if existent at all.

I used to think that too... and I took a lot of convincing Some guy did a test or something.

science says no
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#4
Either way neckthroughs look infinitely badass if done right. I kinda want to make a bass too just for poops and giggles.
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#6
doesnt neck through kill treble however?
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