I'm working on a custom-build…I almost hate to use the hackneyed word, a Frankenbass.
I'm using a Mighty Mite Precision body I got off the Bay, an ebonol-boarded neck harvested from a Squier Active Jazz courtesy of Guitar Center's used database, an odd assortment of parts collected from various music stores also selling through eBay and a set of Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounders from Alembic83. Once I'm done doing some home-made mods (more on that when I start an actual thread for this…creation) I'll hand it over for final assembly to the guitar tech at my local Guitar Center, whom I trust implicitly.
I haven't done a total tally of costs since the labor isn't factored in yet, but right now the parts have cost about $400-ish. If all goes according to plan I should have a rather unique P/J hybrid that costs around $500 or so.
One thing that makes the total cost sting less is by taking my time and shopping around for good deals on parts. This way the outlay of cash is spread around, not all dropped on me like a bomb.
Aerodyne Club #47
Fender Blacktop Club #13
Fender Owner's Club #18
I felt a great disturbance in Las Vegas…as if thousands of Elvis impersonators cried out and then suddenly left the building.