Can I see a show of hands of who's played a real deal Conklin? I know that JT's played a Conklin or two so he doesn't count here. My bass instructor is a Conklin endorsee and yesterday at my lesson he had a 4 string that was the proto-type for the a bass that Bill made for Rocco Prestia. This bass was PHENOMINAL! Bartolini P and J pickups, birdseye neck and fingerboard and some body wood that Jake, my instructor, says is a "Chinese swamp ash" ?? The bass is around 4 pounds. It was finished kinda like the ceruse finish that you find on the F Bass. I really liked the abalone position markers. I was literally blown away by this bass. I may be forced to put my Lakland up for sale. This just really caught me off guard because my only real exposure to the Conklin's have been the Groove Tools basses. They've never really done anything for me and I've usually found that they weight too much to be practical. But this honey from Bill....I don't even seem to have words to describe it.