Originally Posted by king_biscuit
To clear this up, some folks asked for a 19mm SR5, and EB agree to make them if an order for 100 was placed within a short order window. Only a few people committed to buy during the window, so the production never happened. Note that a down payment of half had to be made during the order window, the basses could only be purchased in black, they could only be purchased directly from EB by US residents, and they could only be purchased at full manufacturer's suggest retail price, which is about 1/3 more than what typical SR5s street for. The "offer" was not made available to dealers or through the EB dealer network. Clearly EB was not really serious about the "offer," and it started a #$% storm here and on the EB forum. Now please let this thread die peacefully...
Excellent summary of the situation - I was one of the few that ponied up, even under funky circumstances. Sad not to see this work out, but I've moved on (Sadowsky/Pedulla/Fender).
And as for those who say "just work 17.5 until it works for you" - one can probably accommodate to pretty much anything, over time, but is that how you want to spend your available time with the axe?
As I get older and more experienced, I'm putting more of an emphasis on ergonomics. Electronics can be replaced and hand technique provides a lot of latitude, and a nut can be re-cut or certain bridges tweaked to deal with string spacing, but if the axe doesn't feel good with your body - and I mean the whole enchilada, including strap balance standing and sitting, neck dive, body fit, neck, fingerboard radius, weight - everything - then move on. There are many diverse fish in the ocean!