First thread I've ever started here........wow...its a long one, so please hang in there...... I'm going to order a new Ken Smith BSR5MS (neck-thru). I have owned several Smith basses and sold them all because the string spacing was uncomfortably narrow (guess I'm a slow learner, eh?)..... Anyway, Ken will make a bass with custom wide spacing, so I'm going to order another one with that option. Here's the deal.....of the 7 Smith basses I have owned, 5 of them, including my last BSR5MS were all Tiger Maple. I had a 5P that was Walnut/Avodire and a 5GN that was Zebrawood/Maple. The all maple basses seem to do it for me tone-wise. The 5P and 5GN mentioned above were my least favorite basses (they were also the only two I've owned with ebony fingerboards, with I think may be partly to blaim). So....now, the point is (I had to get here someday, right?), I'm poised to spend a LOT on another bass. Again, I'm weighing wood options......this'll probably be my last shot at another Smith, so I want it to sound great, but look killer also. The other KSB thread floating around in here has got me thinkin' about ordering my next bass with a Cocobolo or Morado top over Maple. Should I take the chance, or just go with the Tiger Maple? Will the top make that much difference in sound, or was I just hearing the difference between fingerboards (ebony, morado) on my last basses? I keep thinking that for a list of close to 5000, this bass should look a little fancy... Any suggestions really appriciated!