So, for at least the last 6 months I've been struggling with the realization that I'm just not going to be satisfied with any "off the shelf" bass available in the sub $2k region, cannot afford a true custom, and have to find another solution. I've settled on one of two options... do a custom Carvin, or do a Warmoth build... Id like to hear from those who've done full Warmoth builds.... the good and the bad. The void that I'm trying to fill... or in other words, the bass I'm trying to own would look like this: 4-string Dinky J body; alder with flame top Reinforced maple neck & board 2 Seymour Series II soaps Seymour preamp Leo Quan thru body bridge No pickguard or control plate I have access to an excellent shop here locally to do the final fretwork etc. After spec'ing this out, this build will cost me roughly $1500 labor and materials. Small price to pay for getting everything I want. Any warnings or recommendations from my fellow TB'ers? Anyone know anywhere else I can get this kind of package for the same or less?