Well, first of all, this is just early daydreaming I'm doing here. I'll have to wait 'til it's actually Christmas before making the purchase, but I thought it couldn't hurt to come up with an early wishlist. OK then, that out of the way. What I'm after is a bass that can growl like a hound from the 7th level of heck and get dirtier than Jenna Jameson....not that I know who that is. Anyway, your basic Super Jazz. I'm shooting for around a grand. If I can actually get a little more than that though, I'm 99.99% certain I want a Valenti. From all the pics and positive comments on here, who would I be to argue? If I get to go that route, here is what I was thinking up. For the body, I'd like to go Ash with a Natural finish, no pickguard, but keep the control plate. That would just be the ultimate in beauty for me. As for the neck, I was thinking birdseye maple with full two octave (not sure how well that would work with a J body though), birdseye maple board. I wish they made them clean without either dots or block inlays, but I can cope with the dots. As for the hardware, I'm not particular to any brand, and I'm sure whatever Nino would recommend would be beyond good enough. As for hardware color, I was thinking chrome or black. If the Valenti works out, my only remaining question would be what pickups, pre, and string combo should I go for to get the ultimate dirt and growl capabilities? I do have a lot of expenses coming up in the very near future though, so I might fall a little short of all my wishful custom thinking. I need a backup plan, so, should that happen, what other Jazz clones would you recommend in the $700-900 range? I'm looking for a fretted four, but that's the only requirement. I'm fancy to natural finishes, and I'd like a two octave neck, but I can live without either.