I've been wanting a custom build bass for some time now, in particular a PJ. I'm looking for a jazz neck with excellent quality and playability, a weight of no more than 9lbs yet balanced, the ability to cop a P bass tone and throaty growl. You're noting the LB100 isn't a PJ but I am aware of that. I was looking at the SB2 but I haven't heard sound samples that I like. The LB100 sounds much better to my ears and I can always follow up later with a bridge pickup. I originally wanted an L2000 but I don't think G&L can build one at the 9lb mark, otherwise my decision would have already been made. I'm very impressed with G&L build quality and playability, having had my hands on a few recent samples. It's been a while since I've played on a Carvin but as best I remembered they seemed very nice. The recent sound samples of the PB series have me just about sold. As far as specs and options go the Carvin seems like a shoe in. If you were faced with these options what would you choose and why? Neither has stellar resale value but I'm not too concerned with that. I like the consistency of G&L but the options available on the Carvins is hard to ignore. Is there anyone else I'm missing in the low cost custom space? Atkinson is no longer building or he'd be an option for me as well. Bluesman is of interest to me but considerably more than what I'm wanting to spend.