Sorry, just had to shout out a little. One or two of you might remember last year that I got a 6 string fretless ABG from the English maker Jon Shuker. Check out his stuff: www.shukerguitars.co.uk I love my ABG and have used it on several projects. So when I wanted to take (what I trust will be) a step up from the trusty Carvins I've had for the past decade (no knock on the Carvins, BTW), I thought of Jon. He's a good guy, he runs a small shop and does all the woodwork and setup himself, and his prices are highly reasonable. (He also gives a price break to repeat buyers and people who order matched pairs, hee hee.) So I'm getting a matched pair of bolt-on Custom model 6 strings, one fretless w/ lines, and one fretful. Here's what we've got so far; Scale: 34" (to match my ABG) Neck: bolt-on 7 piece maple and wenge (carved to match the profile of my ABG) Fingerboard: still to be decided; ebony if Jon can find a really well aged piece that he's confident is unlikely to move or crack; otherwise phenolic (which I have on my ABG and actually works quite well). Main body wood: African walnut Top: bookmatched amboyna burl, with thin black veneer layer to set it off from the African walnut Hardware: black, with individual pieces for the bridge Electronics: Duncan Basslines, w/ proprietary Shuker preamp If anybody's interested, I can post a few pics when I get them. This is a great time to be a bassist with all the makers around now. Choice is good, and more choice is even better! I'd recommend anybody looking around for a custom bass now at least consider putting Jon in the mix along with the others. Especially British/European folks. For Americans, the exchange rate with the pound has been better, but the cost still works out pretty well. I could easily spend more money on one custom bass than I am on these two. Well, not easily, 'cause I'm far from rich, but you know what I mean.