Thanks rocmonster- I hear you. It's really pretty interesting how at least in this case I can scratch an expensive itch in an affordable, constructive and creative way. If I had to tally up the cost, my '66 would be around the MSRP of a new/2013 MIJ '66 Jazz. (which is a shadow of it's reference and I've noticed they are selling for around 8 something on ebay new) As you've said, "for not so much coin" - which puts it in the realm of "realizing a dream for how much?" It's a Jazz bass that I feel is the essence of mid/late sixties cool. My ownership of it will be fully understand by the start of next week. (as in, finally the weekend is here to complete it!) Will it make all my other basses so much firewood? The risk of that is what makes me move forward. ...by the way - I love your by-line about two pieces of wood!