Sooooooo here I am, thinkin' I'm going to be buying a Laklan 55-94 fretless. All was well in Rayland. Then suddenly! (crowd gasps), I find out about a local builder who'll build me a 6 string fretless. I was kinda curious, so we agreed to meet today, and talk some things over, and I could play on a fiver that he's currently building. So, I drive out and play it. Damn, it is a serious nice bass! The body shape is pretty traditional, but he'll do anything I want. The neck was FAST (and it wasn't even finished he said!) and very, very comfortable. Unplugged this thing sounded so beautiful... Anyhoo, why am I posting you may be asking. Well, I'm pretty certain I want this guy to build my 6 string fretless, and I need your input! Lemme go into a bit of detail... This is going to be my first, and quite possibly only fretless. Therefore, I want it to be as absolutly versatile as possible. So, I need input as to what woods and electornics you think I should use. Also, what tuners, bridge and strings do you all use on your basses? Please, if you can, go into as much detail as possible as to the reasons you use what you use. This thread is mostly geared I guess for guys who have custom 6ers that they chose the electornics, but it also works for guys who have 6er fretlesses and can give me good options/opinions. Just to give you an idea, this is mostly going to be for jazz/fusion stuff, but also, if I can stuff it in a rock band, I'd love to do that. Here's what I had in mind this far, for woods (I don't know hardware or electornics really that well). Body: It'll consist of a sandwich. Bubinga/Mahogany/Lacewood. Possibly an exotic top, but lacewood's pretty cool looking IMO as is. Neck: 5 piece. I was thinking Maple/Purpleheart/Maple/Purpleheart/Maple. Dunno why really, just was (based on expirence - all my current basses are maple necks). Fretboard: Ebony most likely. Just seems like that's what it should be. Sooo feel free to tell me otherwise. Just, don't give me "Oh Bubinga sucks". The more detailed you guys are, the more helpful it'd be for me. I have a few weeks before this would even begin, so it's no mad rush or anything. Lemme outline kinda what I'm looking for: - Tight, strong lows. - Mids that are subtle, but can be pronounced well when/if needbe. - Highs that are crystal clear, yet not harsh. - Punchyness. Like, as if someone is pounding on you with a sledge. (I know, this can be amp as much as the bass...if not more so) - Ability to go from tone to tone easily. Knob tweaking is OK really! - String spacing in the 17/18mm range (what bridges? Why?) - Good harmonics, and piano like clarity and evenness. Anyone have any sound (hehe, pun intended) input? Thanks for reading! -Ray P.S. don't mention builders or whatnot for suggestions, I already have my guy, I just need to tell him what to do now .