I thought I had myself a "wild and crazy" idea when I "came up with this" and started talking it over with a local double bass maker and he said it was nothing new... My ideas are: Take some sort of beater bass that hopefully plays well (like a $500 beat up plywood bass) and have a luthier basically make a cut out of some sort so I could have easier access to the higher notes etc... Second, while he is in there, add some sort of pickup system that was nice and bold with little feedback unlike most of the setups I have played.... _________ So he tells me "the cutout idea is not new" -it is a called a "cutout" and they are pretty sought after actually, mostly from Germany from the 30's-50's and he had a friend in San Fransisco who had one and it was actually even stolen from him... Also I remember access to the higher notes being somewhat cumbersome but I could do it. The theory was the cutout would give quick and easy access to the fingerboard... Second there are lots of neat pickup ideas for double bassed out there and to check here and elsewhere on the web, some guys have come up with some pretty interesting ideas... ______________ My big goal is to basically play an upright like a bass guitar, loud and somewhat agreesively and play mostly funk-esque type music. Sounds somewhat odd I guess... But basically I am not feeling my bass guitar and though its been some years since I played upright regularly I really miss it and would like to play it probably more than I play bass guitar with my little group that I play with... I think with practice I could have the speed and skill that I have with my bass guitar if not more so... The big thing is I feel like the doulbe bass has a little more 'soul' if you know what I mean. At the same time I don't want an electric upright, I would want a larger and traditional double bass. Please advise - thanks!