I designed my FBB from the ground up with the help of Matt Schmill, providing him with the specs I desired and trusting his eyes and his hands to give me the bass of my dreams. It arrived in February 2002 and almost instantly I bonded with it; it has been everything I've ever wanted and more. It's followed me from Ithaca to Chicagoland to Los Angeles and I've touched the truss rod once in that time. I have gone through musical floods and droughts with it, but I have never lost the simple and wonderful pleasure of feeling it vibrate with incredible sustain against my chest as I pluck its strings. Does anyone else have this kind of attachment to a custom instrument? Perhaps it's the knowledge that my bass is completely unique--unless something has changed, Schmill is still drawing every template by hand, according to the pattern of the grain of the top--but I can't help but think that this kind of attachment is something that I could never develop with a bass of which fifty exact copies are hanging in music stores around the country.