I am later today going out to the local salvage yard to pick up the wood needed to build my own bass. I have a short scale neck that I will be using, so what I am looking for is the wood for the body. Its a set neck style. The electrics will be really simple. 1 single coil PU and 1 dual control (volume and tone in 1). That's it. The style of the body will be a mix between an SG and Les Paul but with my own little twist into it The paint I am thinking is no paint. Think Warwick Thumb Basses in natural brown. I do have a couple of questions. What size should I go for? I am thinking something like 10" wide, and 20"-22" long (30cmx50cm). I want it slim so the thickness of the body I am thinking like 3" thick. The place I am going today, has a lot of railroad sleepers. They are old, and cheap . I am thinking on using that for the body. But is the wood good enough? How hard are they to use for a bass? I am thinking on routing holes and so on.