I play a wenge fingerboard, pre-MTD labled Grendel that I like the sound of very much, and would like to keep. The one problem I have with it is that the neck is too heavy, and wants to drop to a horizontal position (I would like to have to have the neck angled up more, 30, 40 degrees?). I haven't heard anyone else talk about this with the Grendels (or MTDs), so maybe I just got one with a lighter body, or heavier neck than what was standard. Not wanting to be redundant, I have searched the forum for advice, but wasn't able to find a definitive answer about what can be done (most end up saying sell the bass, or buy a wider strap) to solve this problem on a jazz style bass. As an experiment, I attached a vice grips to my strap near the back strap lock, and it felt wonderful. I really want that free feeling without hardware hanging from the strap. I already have a 3 inch strap with a suede backing, but that seems to mess with my shirt more than anything, although it helps a little. The back strap button is already higher up than center on this bass, so I can't try that. I think that the bass already has pretty light tuners (Schaller), but maybe there are lighter that would help? Change to a BadAssII bridge (or is there one that is heavier?) from the hipshot on there now (would that change the sound?)? Ideas I've had: fill in some of the empty space in the electronics cavity with lead that I've molded into shape and glued in (would this effect the electronics?). More drastically, hack off the top inch or so of the headstock to save precious ounces. Sorry for the long post, but I would really appreciate the help from anyone who may have some ideas. Thanks!