I thought about 1289 for the reason it is a little darker. My only hesitation is that it seems to have a purplish tint at times, depending on the light.
I've never been a big fan of smoked mother of pearl, but the brown mother of pearl does not look bad. Is there a reason to strongly consider smoked MOP here?
I'm thinking of experimenting with the no shoulder padding option for this one? Any words of warning?