I am in the market for a new bass and heavily considering having one custom built because i am so difficult to please. I have a hard time finding basses I actually like. I have, however, found a few basses that I am actually pretty interested in. Those basses are, Music Man Stingray 5, Ibanez SR4005E, Lakland Skyline 55-02, G&L Tribute M2500 and for some reason I like the look of the MTD ZX 5-String Fretless. We won't really worry about the Fretless right now though. All of these seem like good, quality basses with some good reputation around them. I have around $2600 to spend on a 5-string bass which is why I considered custom in the first place. My custom idea is floating around here somewhere, and is basically a Kraken/Shipwreck idea. I won't post a picture unless someone asks to see it if they really can't find my other thread. So which of these would you prefer? A nice custom built bass that is all your own or another, mid-high end bass with good quality and a solid reputation? To some it seems like a no brainer but i really want to spend my money on the right piece of equipment, after all this is a big purchase and my first major purchase. So suggestions and opinions? My builder can really build anything I want, but why get a copy of something when I can have the real thing UNLESS it is to have something totally unique. At that point is when things be come difficult. So if you have other suggestions under $2600 feel free to let me know. I play metal, mostly the heavier stuff if that helps.