Yesterday a very good friend of mine broke my heart. He is selling his bass due to 2 back spinal back herniations. He simply cant play bass anymore. I want to find out if it is the weight that is causing problems. If it is, then I will build him a second version of my travellers bass - the short scale (20") headless bass. Right now here is what I am thinking: 1. Body - Puplar or Cherry 2. Set neck using laminated neck - maybe poplar and bloodwood 3. Hardware - not sure yet but it will be specialized strings like my headless bass 4. Pickup system will be a mixture of piezo and something else - single pickup somehow. 5. The finish. Not sure yet. Dont want to paint it (I am not a great painter) but I may want to stain it. We will see what happens As for the shape I am thinking original design somehow. I have an idea that I might use for this one. The time frame is that I am hoping to be done by Christmas.