I just received my DPCustom bass and I love it. I must admit with all the bad publicity Dave has received on this site I was getting kind of concerned that I was going to get a plank of roughly sawed out plywood . But I received what is beyond what I was hoping for. Now it certainly has not had the hundreds of hours of finishing time like an Alembic custom but for what Ive paid there is nothing I can complain about. (I almost feel like I ripped dave off) The only 2 things I can recommend to someone considering a Dave Pushic bass is to be patient dont rush him, and know what you want.. (dont change your mind half way through the project.) I always made Dave know that I wanted him to take the time he needed to finish the job the way he wanted to. I would suspect some of these bad basses are the result of people wanting their bass sooner and not giving Dave the freedom to take his time on them and/or changing their mind on key details late in the project. My guitarist and the owner of the local guitar shop here said that it was sweet and when I plugged it in he said it sounded sweet and when I let him hold it he said with a big smile on his face, sweet. My co-worker a bassist for the band clever said when he saw it, You suck, I hate you. And then when I told him how much I paid for it he said, You suck, I hate you. Then he said that he loved the feel of the neck and the weight. And when I took it away from him he said, You suck, I hate you. THE SOUND argh! Shes got passive quad coil barts with no active eq. and when I plugged her in she sounded kinda weird so I figured I should reset my amps eq and start from scratch I put everything in the middle put all coils on and put the tone control (on the bass) in the middle she sung mmmm and it was good. No messing with perfection. Heavy full sound yet poppy without the harshness of my other basss active EMGs Im not normally slaphappy but it just sounds so warm and rich on this bass The finger style is nice because of the low action and amazing intonation (used a chromatic the whole way up stayed green) very fast neck . Daves necks have a real nice feel they are the same thickness the whole way up kinda tough to explain but he has a good explanation with pictures on the FAQ on his site (www.dpcustom.com) So without further adieu some pics.