Joe told me I should start a thread on this, so why not. At the Roscoe GTG in Greensboro, Jimmy Haslip talked about his LG, and was asked about the pickup slant. He explained it in a combination "duh"/and "why didn't *I* do that?" moment. He said he convinced Keith to do the slant (remember he's playing upside down) so the pickup is a little closer to the bridge on the bass side and closer to the neck on the high side. This gives him a little more warmth on the C string, and a bit better articulation down low. So after I got a chance to play his bass (mahogany body, pau ferro fingerboard), I knew that ash (what I had on my current, now Joe's) LG was not for me. I really wanted a copy of Jimmy's bass. Well after talking to the Gardfather, discussing aesthetics, ergonomics (and being shamed about building a "fanboi" bass ) I settled on a build inspired by the man, but reflecting my own tastes and style as well. So here's what we came up with: SKB3006 (my other 3 Roscoes are SKB, and I really like the body style) Mahogany body/Quilt maple top 3 piece maple/purpleheart/maple neck Pau Ferro fingerboard Bartolini classic pickups/Bart 3 band preamp "Reversed slant" pickups Royal blue transparent finish and the top we chose? So this will be developing over the next few months. To say I'm excited is a HUGE understatement!