A "new project/build" seed was planted a week ago when I bought a very nice lined fretless Steinberger neck on eBay. I originally was planning on creating a hybrid Thunderbird-body headless bass w/it, but when I got it I changed my mind. The 24 fret neck has a very similar width to a RIC 4003. Not knowing much about Steinbergers, I had no idea! I own a RIC and love it in every way, so the thought of a unique custom RIC fretless/headless bass hit the spot! I then bought the DB Steinberger bridge and drew up a template for what it will look like. (as shown) I already had the perfect pu's; a Bartalini bucker at the neck for that sweet dub bottom, and a EMG J at the bridge for.., you know- the J tone! Passive (to start out with) V/T V/T w/pu selector 3-way switch (ala RIC) and a custom cut 1 piece (shown are from my parts bin) MOP pickguard. The body w/be cut from a 1 piece maple slab and coated w/a unique abalone-look finish w/black binding. I plan on upgrading my membership w/TB so I can post larger pics - once I get the wood I'll post a step by step. Stay tuned!