View attachment 3191681 I attended a free Master Class at my local high-end guitar store (Replay Guitar, Tampa Fl) with Tony Franklin (AKA The Fretless Monster). If you're not familiar with Tony check out his bass work with "The Firm" (Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers and Chris Slade on drums) as well his work with David Gilmour, Kate Bush, Whitesnake, Blue Murder (Carmine Appice), Kenny Wayne Sheppard, and much session/live work with Roy Harper and too many others to list here. He gave a clinic on the ins and outs of playing the Fretless Bass as well as inspirational and professional advice. He also shared a lot of interesting personal stories of his time with Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers and other A-listers he encounter throughout his career. Of course, it was a free clinic and he did offer up a lot of technical advice about what it takes to play the fretless proficiently. Tony is such a great and approachable person. He stayed overtime just so he could answer everyone's questions and sign autographs. I brought in my Tony Franklin prototype ebony fretless neck which was made by the Fender Custom Shop when they were spec'ing out his signature model. He confirmed that it was in fact the very neck he used when he was working with Fender so that made my prize possession that much more prized to me. Tony is a legend on the fretless bass and one of those rare breeds that doesn't hide behind an ego. I hope to see The Firm get back together or at least to play live soon. We are very lucky I'm Tampa, FL to have a Replay Guitar Exchange store in our area. They specialize in quality Guitar and Bass only. I also met Stu Hamm at another Master Class and Roger Waters just showed up shopping for a acoustic the day of his concert in Tampa recently. Word must be getting around and I hope this one stays here for a while. By the way, he's working with Fender on releasing a Lake Placid Blue TF Sig model. I'll have to preorder one if Fender can get it done.