Gibson Fretless Ripper Modification

I love the sound and feel of the bass, but with it's weight of 12+ pounds and severe neck dive, I could not play it without tweaking my back, neck and shoulder. I tried various straps, both wide and padded. I also tried moving the lower strap button, but also to no avail. Finally, I decided, since it was a fretless, I'd try to play it like an upright. After several false starts, I finally came up with something that works for me. 

Components and procedure are described on the following pages so, if you're interested, please continue...

I'd be happy to hear any comments or suggestions, or to answer any questions about this project. Feel free to email me.