stunning bass, love the tuning fork headstocks. Curious to how it would sound BEAD. B may be a bit dull, but then again, the aluminum neck may counteract that. If you do, let me know! interested in how it sounds
Ill bet those pickups sound sweet
as far as the zero fret wear, i would just use the strings that you like. a zero fret would cost you next to nothing to get replaced. Wouldn't need leveling, and really requires little work. I replaced the zero fret on my vacarro due to the same issue, took about 10 minutes. if your not comfortable doing it yourself, It would cost around $15 to get it replaced if it gets bad enough.