I went up to Curbow's shop today to check out the progress on my 8 string fretless, and some other stuff. While my original plan was to have him put the neck on my Peavey Palaedium, it has now become a completely custom bass from the ground up. Bass Specs: Quartersawn Rockwood Light neck Black Rockwood fretboard, no lines, 29 frets 8 string (octave pairs, octave string treble side) Carved burled elm top, with a mahogany back oil and wax finish-natural with amber grain enhancer Black hardware (Gotoh tuners, Schaller bridge) (2) quad coil bartolini pickups-each will have a switch to select between P, J, or quad coil config EMG 18V BQS preamp Some pics: The neck blank sitting on top of the body blank The mahogany back-dig that swirl Burled elm top-it doesn't look like much now (the burls didn't photograph well.) See below for a bass made from this same piece of elm--mine will be the same color, but with oil and wax instead of poly Rockwood light neck. If you think 9 piece necks are stable, try 75 pieces. Not to mention 2 graphite bars, and a Rockwood fretboard, too. Curbow said that it should be done in time to make an appearance at the Atlanta Get Together on May 11th. When it is done, it should look, sound, and play amazingly. I can't wait.