I am considering these two basses. I have gone through the Roscoe forum here and even spoke to Gard once about how the Century has the shortest reach to the first fret given how it sits on your body, which is a plus. I tried an SKB 3005 very recently, but have never tried a Century, although I have a reasonable offer to buy one (without first playing it). I didn't care for the wood on the SKB I tried enough to buy that one. Here are my concerns/questions, feedback appreciated, thanks. 1. Gard said in one thread the reach to 1st fret was "not significantly more" on the SKB, while someone said the reach to upper frets on the Century was actually made worse by the closer reach to the 1st fret. Are either of these reaches noticeably different enough between the two basses to affect a decision in your opinion? I did notice raising the headstock on the SKB while playing standing reduced the twist in my wrist some. 2. I see far more SKB Customs than Century Customs in stores, (but a lot of Century Standards). The Century Customs seem to sit for a while in stores. Are they generally more difficult to resell and/or resale price is a bigger loss on price payed (or undercut by the Century Standard perhaps?) I give the SKB an edge in looks FWIW. 3. General question: the purpleheart center strip on the neck of the SKB I tried was a bit rougher to the touch than the surrounding maple. Is this normal, and does it become less noticeable as your thumb skin oil works into the neck? Thanks again in advance for your help.