Aight', check this out. My girlfriend has been planning a suprise b-day party for me (my b-day was yesterday and the party was today) Well it was pretty awesome! All my closest friends and family were there. My girlfriend remembered to tell my oldest brother to get an autographed poster from Willie weeks. (Some of you know that one of my brothers is the FoH eng. for the Dixie Chicks and has worked with a lot of big names..Trisha Yearwood, Nora Jones, Backstreet Boys, etc.). So what it boiled down to today at the party was that I was opening gifts and my brother's was last, but I didn't see anything, I didn't think he got me anything. I didn't expect him to get me anything, I was just happy to see him at the party and spend time with him. I rarely get to see him. He tells me, "This is from Japan" and pulls out a fender case! I was like "man, you got me a case, cool!!!" I really need a case for my jazz. So he handed it to me and the thing was really heavy! I was thinking inside - oh my g#d! He bought me a bass! So I opened the card that was attached and then I opened the case and there it was a brand new fender five-string p-bass deluxe (the one with the double jazz/smaller music man pickup)!!! Cherry burst - sweeeeeeet!!! So here's the story: my bro and and his friend benny (the current guitar tech for vince gill - willie weeks is vince's current bass player and I have turned into a very big fan of willie) got together and they talked to a fender rep. He purchased the bass to have willie sign it. So the Vince gill band was in Japan on tour. The bass got into the hands of willie weeks! I guess benny's job was to get willie to sign the bass. willie ended up trying the bass and kinda liked it better then his own p-bass! willie used the bass a whole week in japan and then signed it. Supposedly, there are photos of willie playing the bass and he's going to autograph those as well and send them to us!!! I was about to have a heart attack!!! I was in shock! I play lefty (I don't have a choice - so no "you need to play righty" responses kids!) and it was a righty! Even then, I was totally freakin' out!! it has a willie weeks autograph on it - it says "peace, will weeks, 2003" We took some pics of the bass, my bro and me so i will put the pics up as soon as he emails them to me. I try to put up the pics of willie playing the bass well. so here's my issue: do I shadow box the bass or do I reverse the nut and use for gigs (Im pretty happy with my jazz four sting)?????? What should I do? Supposedly, my bro is going to send my old lady and I to the Austin city limits when vince gill plays and we are supposed to hang out with willie. If I do shadow box it, should I get another "bigger" autograph on the back of the body and then have a luthier add another layer of clear lacquer???? Im still freaking out, my brother has never done anything like this before and this bass means a lot to me. What would you do? My girlfriend pointed out that my brother told me he wants me to gig with it? So I don't know what to do! Playing a right-handed bass upside down is kinda' hard to do!