Hi there, I have recently been inspired by my guitarist/singer. He basically bought a cheap used Epiphone Firebird for $200 and customized to his liking and created a really great sounding guitar. If your interested you can read about it in Premier Guitar Magazine here. Reader Guitar of the Month: The Grassfire Phoenix | Premier Guitar Anyhow I would like to do something similar actually I have been wanting to build a cheap custom bass for a while ( years ) I realize I will never get the money back that I put into it but at the same time I think it would be great fun to create something truly unique to me. Whatever bass I decide to mod I want to sand it and get it custom painted put a quality bridge and tuners and put some high end pick ups. So I found 4 basses for $100 - $125 that I thought would be a good platform to start from. Bass #1 A Matsumoku Vantage Avenger Vantage Avenger Bass 1982 | guitars | Ottawa | Kijiji Bass #2 A Yamaha N89 Yamaha 4 String Bass - Model N89 | guitars | Ottawa | Kijiji Bass #3 A Samick Corsair 5 String 5 string Samick corsair bass and strings. | guitars | Ottawa | Kijiji Bass #4 A Mako Bass from the 90's MAKO BASS | guitars | Ottawa | Kijiji My question is would any of these make a good platform to build off of or is there a better cheap bass alternative in the $100 - $150 range? I also know a lot of people build off of SX basses but not a lot of them here in Canada.