For years I've wished someone would build a really nice acoustic bass guitar. I've played everything out there (except for boutique luthier types) and haven't really liked any of them. I've been looking for something that had the bass presence of a real bass, but most everything I've played has reminded me more of a guitar on steroids, which is not the same thing at all. I know that the laws of physics can't be contravened, so there's no way any ABG can have the sound of a DB. Still, I always hoped that somebody could make something that would at least have the bass vibe I was looking for, but (necessarily, I think) on a smaller scale than a DB. I dunno if I've found that. But I've decided to take the plunge anyway and order an ABG from Jon Shuker, thanks in part to responses to an earlier thread I posted here and in part to my e-mail conversations with Jon. www.shukerguitars.co.uk Here's what his basic 4-string looks like (if I can figure out how to do this): Mine's a little different. Here are the specs: 6 strings Lined fretless phenolic FB (Jon says more stable than most ebony he gets, and good sounding for fretless), 34" scale, 27" radius 53 mm at the nut, 18 mm string spacing at bridge 9 piece wenge-mahogany neck (in roughly equal proportions) Bearclaw spruce top Padauk back and sides Headway bridge saddle PU system Set up for flats, probably T-I Jazz Flats Jon's going to be sending me pix as construction proceeds. The whole thing should take around 8 weeks, he says. This is a bit of a risky venture, in that I've never played any of Jon's stuff, but nothing ventured, nothing gained, I guess. Wish me luck!