Actually, you'll probably believe #4. And I'm quite sure they're fine with you seeing these pictures. So, you might be saying, "Hollowway, why are you buying basses now?" Well, whenever I get an 8 string guitar to tune lower, people says, "Pffft, why don't you just get a bass!" So, I did. And now I'm tuning this way lower than normal. I'm not sure what those guys are going to tell me to do now. Aaaaaanyway, I now have the pink Quake (Puake?) in my possession! It arrived late yesterday. Specs are as seen, and Nordstrand single coil pickups with a tone knob and also a high frequency tone knob. (37-40" scale.) I have it tuned C#0, F#, B, E, A. Skip has been super easy to work with, and, having been through this build (which turned out to be longer than originally anticipated) I'd feel comfortable giving him my money in the future. I'm paranoid about being scammed, but he's been really good with communication, etc. Tha bass itself is very well built. I have zero issues with the fretwork, nut height, finish, etc. Definitely a nice instrument! I kind of want to get another one, and tune it either to G#00, or just to standard B. Either go lower, or get some reeeeallly articulate standard 5 string bass notes. I have 36 lbs of tension for the lowest string. I actually tried tuning it up a minor third to E (which is an octave below the E on a regular bass), and it made virtually no difference in feel or tone. That low C# is soooo low it has this weird overtones going that reminds me of what a guy-wire on a telephone or power pole sounds like when you tap it. In fact, I remember hearing that the special effects guys on the original Star Wars went around to find a blaster sound, tapped on a guy-wire, and recorded that. It definitely has that wobbly high overtone sound to it. Is it useful? Yes and no. With such a low note, and the oscillation of the string at that long of a wavelength, it's not something you're going to slap and pop, or pump out eighth notes on. But, it's suuuper cool, and I think I can do some really neat things with it. It's like the lowest note on a piano. It's there for cool effect, but you're certainly not going to constantly use it. (And, I should point out I've only had a chance to play this through headphones. I'll try it out on the amp and cab tomorrow.) Anyway, on with the pics! Most of these are Skip's official shots. But, I took one so you guys can see the heel, too.