Alrighty, here's my idea. (Bear in mind that I won't be able to afford this for several years.) I want to have a complementary pair of basses custom-built as laid out below. What I'd like is exactly how these basses should be built and who should build them - lacking knowledge of woods, electronics, luthiers etc, I turn to you guys to enlighten me. Appearance: One (lacking imagination, we'll call it Fire) ought to be a bright red/orange (probably a burst or gradient of some sort) with a top wood reminiscent of (duh) flames and gold hardware, and the other (the Water one) should be a vivid aquamarine colour with a top that looks like (oddly) water and silver/chrome hardware. Pickup covers would be cool in complementary colours - yellowy-orange for the Fire bass and a darker blue or teal for the Water. Tone: I want the Fire one to be punchy, raw, powerful and suited to funk (fingerstyle and slap) and rock (fingerstyle and picked.) The Water bass, I'd like to be mellow and warm, suitable for quieter and more relaxed stuff, as well as solo pieces. Construction-wise, at least 24 frets (or equivalent on a fretless) is a must, as is a good preamp with a fairly wide tonal range. The Water bass may or may not be a fretless with flatwounds - I'm thinking that setup would be best for the tone I'm after, so I lean towards that, but other suggestions would be appreciated. The Fire bass will definitely be fretted and strung with roundwounds - if a zero fret will help the uniformity of the sound when playing slap, that's something I'd consider. I can currently only play a 4-string without getting mildly confused, so we'll assume that these basses are 4-bangers or 5's strung EADGC for now, although it would be far cooler if they were 7's or 8's. So, after all that, can anyone give me some specs on how these things would be constructed and who would be most likely to do it well? Thanks in advance.