I've been enjoying my Rigel acoustic bass for three months now, and wanted to share some photos. These phenomenal instruments are everything that they are touted to be. Loud, lightweight, and so easy to play. I use a Realist pickup and, when amplified, it sounds just like an upright bass, but with a more precise attack because of the frets. It is a fantastic instrument and I cannot recommend it enough for anyone looking for the highest quality, easily playable acoustic bass. This is NOT a guitar. It isn't built like one and absolutely does not sound like one, nor does it suffer from anemic projection. It sounds and projects like a half-size bass fiddle. It will easily keep up with two jumbo guitars and several mandolins, and is perfect for venues where bring amplification is problematical. It absolutely kills with the Realist pickup. Kudos and thanks to Pete Langdell for making me this amazing instrument.