Hey guys, I'm planning to upgrade my bass sometime next year (or as soon as I possibly can). I'm a 6 string player looking for the most raunchy, aggressive, growly sound possible within my price range of $2k-3k. At the moment, I have saved about $2k, but hopefully by the time I actually buy the bass, I'll have much more than that. So anyway, I was thinking about going the custom route to help meet my aggressive tonal needs. Besides, there aren't too many 6ers on the mass production market anyway. Here are a few companies/luthiers that I'm looking into at the moment: Wal (My sound. I'd kill for these, but they're oh-so-expensive) Elrick (don't really know anything about them both price and tone-wise) Warwick (Great tone, awful neck ) Conklin (probably too expensive) MTD (too rich for my blood) If there are any others out there that I have missed, or that you recommend, please, please, please let me know. I am open to used instruments, but I would prefer to get a new one, even if it means paying a bit more. And by a bit, I do not mean $1000 more. So if anyone can help out a poor kid out, please do. He will appreciate it very very very much. H.J.