I just bought an Ibanez ASB140 off eBay and it's my favorite bass since my 4001V63. I know they're totally diferant animals but I love basses with charicter and both these basses have tons. There was a paper that came with the bass that recomended useing extra long scale strings on Artcore basses. Why is this and what exactly are extra long scale strings? Like for a 35" scale length? My second question is does any one know if there is a pup suround that will fit this pup? I'm thinking crome or cream colored. I think this would help the pup look more a part of the bass than it does. What do you think? I know DARKSTAR, and that's what I was thinking too but it sounds so cool as is and not getting a DS is cheaper and easier than getting one. I am so impressed with this bass. The quality, the sound, and the playability. It doesn't look like it would be that easy to play but something about the neck is just so comfy. One thing I do when playing is pull the strap over the top of the body instead of behind it and my forearm rests on it instead of the sharper binding edge. Good idea or bad idea? I 'm also working on an idea to relocat the neck end strap button without modififying the bass. More on that later. Thanks for your input.