Hello all! So I've just started discussions with a local luthier about building me a custom bass. At this point I'm extremely open to options and was wondering if any builders (or other TBers who've had customs built) have suggestions as far as things that their customers generally don't consider/should have thought of. Anything that you think would make the process easier, cheaper, more satisfying to both the luthier and myself. Here's what I've got in mind so far with the bass: 35" scale 5 string Probably Hipshot Bridge and tuners I'm thinking dual soapbar style pickups, either Bartolinis or EMGs. Probably a Bartolini Preamp (though if the initial cost is prohibitive, I may just have him rout the battery cavity and a nice, large control cavity and just go passive till I can afford to upgrade). There will be custom artwork on the body by a phenomenal artist. Haven't decided on a body or neck wood yet. Not sure whether we'll do neck-through or bolt on or whether we'll be using a figured veneer or not. Money is definitely a controlling factor, so cheaper options are better, but I want your advice on where it pays to spend the extra money and what can slide for a while or be upgraded later. Thanks so much for any suggestions/words of wisdom!