From an interview with Bass Inside Magazine: "You have been with Yamaha for quite some time now, do you still get hit by manufacturers looking to endorse you?" "There are not too many at this point." "How many basses do you take with you on a tour?" "I have three or four different basses that I take with me. Regarding these basses, there is actually soon gonna be a different retail version of my Yamaha bass, probably released in about a year." "What changes will be made with these basses?" "You will see it tonight. It's the purple one...it's basically a lighter and easier to play version of the current bass. The current one I have been using, I like playing something that has substance to it, but at the same time I wanted something that was a bit easier to play. That was what I asked them to do. To make a more user-friendly ergonomic and lighter bass. Also the pickups are different too. I have two of these prototypes now."