Well, friday I got the Black limba body blank from Larry at gallery hardwoods. I glued the two pices of the blank together friday night, was busy all weekend, and look at what it turned in to: I asked larry for a nicely striped piece of the Black limba, and the piece that he sent me had some spalting on the edges in addition to the heavy striping, which I was worried about at first, but now I see that it worked very well in to the body design. You can see this by the back of the upper horn, and the heel cut, and down by where the knobs will be. I stood the bass on a piece of scrap so that you can see the color before oiling, and also the amount of material removed from the blank to allow it to become my bass body(it was pretty thick). The body as you can see is a bit warwick-esque, and I loosely designed it as a cross between a thumb and corvette. There are certain things I like and dislike about each, but neither makes me completely happy- this is an attempt at that. I also have never owned a fretless, and have absolutely enjoyed every time I've gotten to pick one up. I seem to have a knack for intonation, but I wouldn't say I can play one well yet. I can't afford another warwick in the stable, so I just figured I had no choice but to make one The whole body is hand sanded because I didn't have fifty bucks to pop on a router bit to do the radiusing. I think it came out quite natural considering.... although I did use the mill to rough cut the body thickness down and save a good amount of time. Check back in a few days and I'll be posting a picture series of me using the CNC mill at my shop to do the body routing. Let me know what you think! edit: Why is it every bass I come in contact with has a cooler looking back than front?