Greetings folks, I finally got a resolution to my situation with the mystery bass manufacturer. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the story take a look here: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?threadid=26015 Okay, the name of the manufacturer is: Fodera I picked up my Emporer 5 today that I took to them over a year ago to have an inlay replaced. The cats there are okay, they did the work for free and I got the latest pre-amp thrown in as well for good measure. The only peeve I have other than having to wait more than a year, is that they seem to have misplaced the wood covers for my pickups, because the covers that are on my pickups now are raspberry colored. What kind of freaky stuff is that? Anyway they promised(he he, snicker) that it wouldn't take a whole year to replace them with a dark wood color i.e. like the ones that were originally on them. Go figure, overall, I'm glad to have the bass back and they did an excellent job on replacing the inlay. I'll post pictures tomorrow.