Just a quick etiquette (for lack of a better word) query. When having an independent luthier create a custom bass for you, it is often said that an artisan works best when s/he is given free reign to do his/her craft. While the free reign thing is definitely cool and every artisan, I'm sure, prefers to work without boundaries, part of having a custom job done is that you get a bass tailor made to YOUR specs. Free reign is great, but not when it means a chunky, round neck with a "C" profile is used when the customer prefers a skinny neck with a thin flat profile. So the question is, where does one find the happy medium? Does it really depend on who you're working with (as individuals' personalities on both parties play a part)? And to what extent and based on what criteria (wood selection, electronics selection, etc.) do you feel/know that perhaps you're being too stifling or too vague? I guess that's part of the dialectic between builder and customer.