It's been a good bass week at Casa De Monkeee (Eek eek). Last Tuesday, my fretless Bongo finally arrived in all of it's porcelain 4 band EQ goodness. And, yesterday my '95 Curbow Int'l Petite 5 string returned from an overhaul with Michael Dolan out in California. Before: I got this bass new from Curbow back in late 1995. I'd only gone to his shop to have a fretboard dressing on my ''88 fretless Curbow. He offered me this bass for a great deal since the person who ordered it wasn't able to pay it off when it was done. I've never really been a fan of red/purple basses, but I didn't mind the color enough to turn down the deal. It has a lacewood top, and a one piece purpleheart back. It's semi-hollow, and the body has an added strip of purpleheart with two black accent lines (although, they were difficult to see under the purple finish on the back of the instrument). I played this bass a lot during college, and it was the main bass that accompanied me on any out of town gig excursions/adventures. So, it certainly had some nicks, dings, and other assorted battle scars. I had to have the headstock horns cut back a little bit since I took a chunk of wood out of one of them over the years, too. I think I like they a little less pointy, anyway. After I got my first Bongo, I decided to finally get this bass refinished, and set back up with an EADGC tuned TI Jazz Flats. I had it set up that way in the past for a couple of years, and really liked the bass the most during that time. I've never really been a big fan of lacewood, and I knew I wanted the back of the bass to be clearcoat only, so I decided to do something like the Les Paul Goldtops, but with a different color scheme, so I went with a burgundy mist finish covering the lacewood, but leaving an accent strip before the clearcoat purpleheart. I think the bass looks amazing, and the accent strips are finally visible in all their glory.