I was in my local bass centric music shop and came across this bass that was crafted really well and beautiful. After playing with it for a about an hour I asked the dealer. He said it was called a "Gothic Bass" and was made by a luthier in Japan. I put down a $500 deposit since I have to finish Christmas, New Years, and college tuition for 3 kids... it should be coming home with me at the end of January. I'll post pictures when I get her... but have any of the bass nerds heard of it? They had a 5 string and a4 string. I'm taking home the 4 string!