Time for a Dream Thread Update:
I had an epiphany about a month ago, regarding what I want to do musically in the next 20 years, and pretty much hit the reset button. This is a priority, (or rather, moved up the list) so I finally had a quote done on a custom bass, and it's at least within reach for this-coming year. Now that the quote is printed out and tucked into my daily planner under stuff to do, it's getting pretty real now... it's exciting to at least see where the finish line is. The goal here is a fretless bass that I can interchange seamlessly as possible from my Persuader 5-string from a playability standpoint, but also be my ideal vision. Ultimately the primary, go-to instrument... everything the Persuader is, and then some. So...
Here's the basic build:
5 string bass, 32 scale, fretless.
Standard Omega body shape.
3 purpleheart neck laminates.
Classic taper, ebony fingerboard.
Some other options I went with:
Bird tailpiece, polished brass hardware.
Brass backplate & truss rod cover.
Gold tuners & strap buttons.
Sidelined fingerboard, with bronze dots.
Bronze logo, maybe with script.
Undecided as of yet:
Top - birdseye maple, or vermillion.
Headstock - Spoiler Cone or Orion 3+2.
Headstock - front & back veneers.
So I left a couple things open-ended, but not things that would significantly affect the bottom line cost. Before getting much further along, I need some educated opinions regarding pickup selection and placement. Of course the Elves already know what works and doesn't, and I'm very much looking forward to that conversation, but I'm wondering what you folks think.