I'm looking towards the future and trying to get my head straight about a bass upgrade. I currently play a standard jazz 5. Mexican Fender. i like the way it plays but it's not a pro-quality bass. I am looking for a well built classic bass but it doesn't have to be Fender for me as I intend to change the electronics. Does anyone know of any brands that are making top notch reprods at fair prices? It seems to be worth my while to have a custom bass built, as I have 2 offers on the table...both guitar techs, both appreciate my interest and input into knowing what I want and it being a fairly humble creation or a showstopper of a J bass. Would it be worth my time to build my own from Warmoth? I want a heavy bridge with top load or strings through options, a really strong neck, and a headstock that leaves me more string length on the thicker strings...lefty neck perhaps? I also like the knob configurations of the nordies, ken smith brooklyn basses, and celinder jazzes...I only need 4 knobs for what I want and aside from a custom white/yellow/orange sunburst on a highly figured top to look like the surface of the sun, my specifics are on hardware, simple ideas, and quality. Until I know what I want to have built, I will be playing my workhorse and changing the strings... Also, Anyone know of any good places for pickguard material? I can't find blue/white tortoiseshell anywhere.