Today I started planning my upcoming build. It will be a Tele-style bass, based on the '51 Precision Bass plans. It will be a birthday present for my bass-playing friend. He saw my red Tele (http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-home-depot/312997-introduction-first-diy-guitar.html#post3923892) and said that he'd love to have a bass like that. His 40th birthday is in July, so I'd better start soon to finish it in time... Here's the body template I made today: It's just like the '51 P-bass, but I replaced the upper horn with a Tele contour. I think it looks surprisingly good. It's longer than standard tele of course. Also started planning the neck template. My friend plays a Fender Jazz bass, so I'm going to make it a bit narrower at the nut. At 40 mm it's going to be about halfway between P- and J-bass necks. I want to keep this as simple as possible and make it as nice as I can. Solid body, two-piece maple neck with a 2-way rod, one pickup, two pots, top-loading bridge. I need to design a pickguard for this. I will post some sketches later and ask for opinions. I think I will keep the pickguard separate, if the body looks good without one, and we can drill the holes and install it if he wants. The body wood choice... Because of the body shape, there's a risk of neck heaviness so the body wood shouldn't be too light. Don't know yet. A heavier slice of pine could be nice. The finish will be rattle can red, and I like the look of pine grain showing through. I need to start acquiring parts. Any tips for a good pickup that fits the '51 P-bass front route? All other ideas are welcome too!