So, I pulled the trigger on my first-ever singlecut bass last week -- a Veillette. (You know, a Veillette kinda sounds like it could be a gun... I guess it would be a good match for my Glock!) I've got a bit of custom-bass-order-nervousness, since I've only briefly checked out a Veillette in the flesh one time at a NAMM Show a few years ago. But the guy there who helped me (Martin) has been great through the whole process of nailing down a design. I'm getting a 5-string fretless Singlecut, with an unlined pau ferro fingerboard. They're going to send me pictures of possible pau ferro pieces, and I'm going to choose one (I want kind of a uniform piece). The body will be poplar, and the top will be the sister piece to the one that was reviewed in the June '03 BP: I didn't want a quilted maple top, and didn't want flame, but wanted sort of a more natural figuring with elements of both. I told them I liked the look of the BP one, and when I found out they still had the piece of wood where that top came from, that was that! Finish-wise I'm planning on going with a medium, chocolate-y, brownish tone, even though it's not one of their standard color options. Their "smoke" color is nice (formerly called "stone" as in the BP review), but they said it gets a little greenish as it ages and I didn't want that. I want kind of a subdued, not flashy, look for this bass. Something that gets more interesting as you get closer, you know? In case you're curious, there were several things that led me to Veillette (besides just liking their looks and wanting to try something new!). One was the ability to get the classic Jazz tones in passive mode (a la their Retro model), and another was their experience with piezo design, as I wanted to have a piezo option. What ultimately tipped me to Veillette's favor was the fact that they actually recommended a 34" scale, when I asked which they preferred for their 5-strings. All my basses are 34's, and I want the consistency. Now, the electronics are going to be interesting. I wanted to retain a true passive magnetic mode, being the passive guy I am, but of course there's no way to do that with a piezo as well, unless you have redundant tone and volume controls. So what we've worked out is a four-knob configuration: magnetic blend, magnetic tone, piezo/magnetic blend, and master volume. I still wanted some tone control for the piezo, but I didn't need to be tweaking it much, so I went with Veillette's suggestion of a trim pot on the control board for piezo tone. I asked if they could make it accessible through a hole in the back control cavity cover, so that's the way it will be. (I might consider upgrading to get a custom screwdriver holder mounted on the side of the bass... wouldn't that be sweet?! ) Anyhow, I just thought I'd share the start of another bass adventure!