Just out of curiosity, how is an aristocrat impossible? The guy's already built a 335 style bass, and since the Aristocrat has no onboard effects, I'd think he could tackle it.
The only differences I see are a deeper set neck and a different neck joint on the back. And what does a past model not being exactly to spec indicate of future works?
I sent him a message and he said
"It's going to be an aristocrat with the ultrasonic inlays. So there won't be any onboard effects"
So, i'm not seeing any problems here.