That's Bass Acquisition Syndrome
A "Harrier" Jazz-alike. Will hopefully come this side of xmas. Apparently it's solid alder and only £60- Hope it's not total --ooops naughty word--!
There's a £100 challenge on another forum I frequent, so this should be a great start. I thought about building a guitar, but decided a bass would be far more useful as I've never had one of my own.
I should hopefully be able to get a tortoiseshell plate and series/parallel wiring (and maybe a phase switch too) and still get it in under the target.
It'll give me a way of getting backing tracks for future forum jams too- I'll just need a drum loop now