After the success of a recent makeover [ http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/meet-keef-relic-haters-might-wanna-look-away-1017219/ ] I decided this bass could really use a similar treatment. Both, when originally built back in the 90's, played and sounded amazing. However, the finish on both ultimately took away from the enjoyment and satisfaction of a DIY project. I hope others are inspired to possibly take on that unfinished or under achieving project they might have laying around the house. Back in 1992 I tasked a friend to make a lightweight semi hollow slab body w/ a Warmoth neck. The concept was a deluxe version of the early slab Fenders but with pearloid binding, a semi hollow chambered body, and matching painted headstock. From a few feet away it looks like a perfectly nice bass guitar. It was my first attempt at a build and the constant experimenting made for scars all over this bass. These pics are hiding some of the most egregious. So, what to do? After deciding to follow the same design theme used on the the "Keef" makeover I needed to decide on the particulars. Matt at MJT was going to be tasked with the painting. Unlike the heavy relic on "Keef", this one will be in closet classic condition in Inca Silver Metallic. First thing to do is dismantle and strip this baby down. There's always much more elbow grease required than anticipated but with some diligence I eventually found wood underneath. Now it's time to fill holes and add a deep V contour to the neck. Evidence of 3 sets of machine heads over the decades. Multiple pickguard, pickup cover, and thumb rest holes as well as a nasty confrontation with a Dremel [guess I was tired of removing the neck every time it needed adjustment] To compete the mods I visited my local woodshop to have Milt enlarge the string ferrule holes and route for the TV Jones Thunderblade. Time to add all the fiddly bits and give this monster a test drive. It's alive! It's alive! Plays and sounds like a dream. Haven't weighed it but probably comes close to 7 1/2 to 8 lbs. Might want to experiment with different cap values to get a real dub thud [not that I use it much but nice to have it when you need it] Now.........the hardest part..........the waiting. It's been shipped to MJT and in their capable hands now. The next two months are are going to go by very slowly. In the meantime I'll have to rely on Keef to get by Keef and soon to be Frank. Updates to follow when available. Thanks for listening.