The neck was heavy, so I was going for a heavier body,
Here's the build thread:
Where I say
Yep, I went for figured Walnut, in that finish! Ha! How do you like that Mother nature!!! No seriously, it's normal walnut, I wanted a heavy dense wood, I was going to go for Maple, but I think that might have been too heavy, so I went for something almost as heavy, and although we all know wood doesn't have an effect on tone, but according to somethings I've read the sound and 'responsiveness' ( http://www.alembic.com/info/wood_body.html ) of walnut is what I wanted. I dunno if it'll turn out like that especially with those pickups, until I finished it, but I will say it very quiet played acoustically.
It does seem to be getting slightly louder acoustically, or maybe I'm just getting used to it. The Bass is probably a bit too heavy, but my spine is still relatively strong and flexible, for a man of my age. :-\
"...we all know wood doesn't have an effect on tone..."
Aren't you overstating that a bit? A lot of us, including the people at Warmoth, think exactly the opposite -- the choice of wood can have a substantial impact on the tone.
There is room for different opinions, of course. If you don't think the choice of body wood will make a difference in the tone, I'm not going to try to convince you otherwise, but I'd avoid the blanket statements.
In fact forget the tone wood aspect, its just a series of interesting guitar build videos anyway.
Oh, and since I've started, how can a brass nut make a difference to the sound but not the physical properties of the thing that the nut is mounted in? Sure a guitar is made up of a load of different things, and it's hard to isolate individual effects, but for flips sakes there's a huge difference between saying that the body wood makes NO difference to the tone to saying the effect is so small as to be irrelevant once you've put it through 3 distortion pedals, a ring modulator, phaser and gulp, solid state amplifier.