Went with Dave to Curbow's on Saturday. He was picking up his new Curbow Jazz Bass (expect a thread soon), and I took some pics of my 8 string fretless. It's back with its finish (satin poly), and is almost done. All Greg has to do is put it together. I'll be taking a half day off from work to go and pick it up on Friday. This: has become this: Bookmatched Burled elm top/one piece mahogany back. Quartersawn rockwood light neck with a fretless rockwood fretboard That's the battery compartment for the 18V preamp.