Hi folks - I’m new here I played many years ago back in high school, college, and for years after in our jazz band and a small combo band our friends put together. I was never great, but it was fun and I loved making music. Life happened, and I sold my instruments to buy a house and haven’t played bass for more than 20 years. I started visiting local music stores and found that my hands have become so weak and that the bass now felt foreign in my hands. I’ll basically be starting from square one. I questioned if I should just buy a cheap ax just to startup again. I felt pretty defeated. I’ve missed playing and told my wife about it. And For her 10th anniversary gift to me, she wants to get a nice bass for me. I selected a nice custom builder, and they will start to put something together for me. I feel like I’m extremely lucky to have my first ever custom bass - but I doubt I could ever do it justice. I just can’t imagine what it might take to become proficient, let alone play as cool as all the YouTube videos I have been binge watching. Anyway since I don’t know too much about it, the only things I’ve decided on with the bass is to have a 5 string, single cut, and have it be slightly multiscale (34”-35”). My luthier is asking me if I’d like to choose the woods. It’s a neck through maple neck with wenge or Purple Heart laminate. He’s got choices of alder, ash (European or swamp) for wings. Fingerboard can be ebony or birds eye maple. Currently available tops are sapelle mahogany, flamed maple, poplar burl, or exotic ebony. I am a bit overwhelmed - and have now made the mistake of looking on the internet for information, because now I’m frozen - paralysis by analysis. I don’t suppose any of you friendly and knowledgeable folks have any advice to give me in choosing what to build my bass from? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.