..Did some reading on ebonol fretboards and concluded a mighty mite neck w/ebonol as a home build would be the way forward...
I had a Cort Curbow 5 fretted with an Ebonol board and it was fantastic- flat, strong, stable. Because it is a composite, it does have a subtle 'grain' that comes out a little with wear. I'm pretty happy with it as a fingerboard material.
The oregon pine is going to result in a weighty beast though? I had a tele (body from reclaimed roof timber), it was seriously heavy.
Might be. I'll have to see once I start buying timber. If needs be, I'm hoping I can route some weight relief.
Who else has spotted the trend that guitars attract paint to cover up the wood, but bass players are often more inclined to show off the beauty?
I think for bass players this started with Alembic's
work in the 60s. A lot of influential players used them, then other luthiers like Ken Smith, Spector, Fodera and eventually Ibanez started copying that look.