We started a process of building a custom bass for me with a local semi-pro luthier, but seems like I have to come up with a different plan. I need a bass that has 35" scale, 5 strings, bolt neck, cost max around $1200. 24 frets and maple or ebony fretboard is preferred. I'm aiming for the SR5 energy, but eventually it will have MM/J pickups. I'm ready to put the J in myself, or even replace a bridge J with a MM. The bass has to be quite light. I've got back problems, so a big mahogany bodied bass (like my current) is no option. The bass we were going to build would've had an ash body with big cavities in the body. I also like the sound of ash better. You must all be screaming "Lakland" by now. I tested one but the strings are so incredibly far from each other, I would never be comfortable with that! 1-3/4" (43mm) is max for the nut width, 2-5/6" (72mm) for the bridge string spread. Fender Jazz 5 is too wide. Stingray is good. MTD Heir fits the specs but it felt somehow quite boring, could've been old strings. So far a SUB 5 w/ added J seems like the best option, but it is not 35". Perhaps I should just find another budget luthier? I live in Finland. Please help me out here! Thanks! -Aki.