Haven't updated in a while, but I have been nose-to-th'-grindstone on making this dream thread actually happen... was just talking to Mica the other day, about something unrelated, and afterward realized this could happen sooner rather than later. I sure don't wanna' be the guy that changed his mind after the Mothership's band-saw was done. =)?
So I left off with headstock patterns and wood selections...
Thanks in part to Flip's skills, I have been able to visualize what each looks like with the Standard Omega body, and I am very drawn to the Orion 3+2. Not settled yet, but it's ahead of the Spoiler Cone if only by a nose. Honestly, neither would be a regrettable choice.?
On top wood, ... I'm just gonna' have to toss a coin. I love the simple beauty of walnut or maple, but despite the inclination to go with a choice of native wood... dang, that vermilion is nice, and ages even nicer. One of those three for sure though.?
Here's another consideration - accent wood. (or not, depending) I like contrast... a darker top really stands out against the mahogany body with a lighter accent. Likewise, for a lighter top and darker accent. I must have spent 20 hours looking at various combinations... purpleheart accent under maple, maple accent under vermilion... I'm inclined to just choose a top wood and turn the Elves loose with the rest. They all look so incredible that again, you couldn't go wrong either way.?
I've had an idea for one single inlay at the very end of the sidelined fretless fingerboard... it would be the one small personalizing touch I would add to an otherwise simple bass. Since it would be a defining feature, I'm going to let the idea percolate a while longer.