Back in June, I had ordered a couple basses that were going to take a while to get. The one I was told to expect in October (and isn't likely to arrive on the 31st, being Sunday and all...), a Lakland US hollowbody, still isn't here. I'm not surprised nor worried, it will get here eventually. Pics will come then, as it is a custom color not on the chart. The second was one of the water cured redwood burl Spector NS-5XL limited edition basses, which I was told to expect no sooner than the end of February. It is at least 5 months early, and a work of art. The watercured redwood burl looks amazing, the picture doesn't do it justice (I'll try for better later, being 5 months early when I won't have it paid off for two more weeks is painful...). The rosewood fretboard is beautiful, with as close to straight grain the whole length as I think is possible in nature. The abalone inlay is as figured and colorful as I've ever seen, not only in the neck inlays but in the Spector logo in the headstock as well. Visually, a work of art. Sound wise, it is a US Spector with EMG-40DC pickups and the 18 Volt Spector preamp (volume, p'up select and stacked treble/bass knob). The tonal difference between it and a maple US NS-5XL is almost non-existant, so if you have heard one of those you have heard this. Really not that different from a Czech neck through 5, in spite of the difference in preamp (actually had a buddy playing one of those at the same time through identical gear to compare). I'm looking forward to bringing this one home. I haven't had a Spector since I sold my Korean bolt-on 5 over a year ago, quite an upgrade in that respect. http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=10214&stc=1 BTW, the odd splash of color at the bottom of the pic (should be the side but I didn't rotate it...) is my wife's shirt.