bill conklin called me tonight to tell me that finally, my 8 string fretted is done. this thing is going to be awesome. 3 band eq, fully parametric eq, RMC synth/piezo, 36 fret, custom made seymour duncan music man style pickup, fancy quilted walnut body... here's a pic of the bass in the process of being made... i'm going to take a road trip to missouri next week and go pick it up. woo hoo!!!