I like high-end basses and am definitely on an endless quest for killer tone - but, I'm not the kind of guy who likes to carry a museum piece on stage. I'd prefer to have a nice J-bass, or at least something with a reasonably traditional shape, but that is a superb, special instrument with a one-of-a-kind tone. I suppose I could just buy a Sadowsky, a Lakland USA Bob Glaub, or the like, but a) the thought of a custom instrument appeals to me, and b) I've been GASsing for a Status or a Modulus for a long time, and I'd like to put a graphite neck on my bass to give me the punchy, funky graphite sound. So here is what I'm thinking: - A Warmoth Dinky-J body, maybe with a walnut laminate top, maybe not, but definitely with a red dye transparent finish and a black pickguard - A Status neck - Hipshot Ultralite tuners with an extender on the E - A Gotoh 206 bridge - Nordstrand Big Singles pickups - Either a J-Retro or an Aguilar OBP-3 preamp ...with all the hardware in black. I can't do much of the work myself, so assuming about $500 to $700 in build and setup charges from a luthier, I could do this for about $2500. It definitely puts the bass in a price range where I'd have a lot of other choices, but as I said, the thought of having a one-of-a-kind instrument is attractive. I'm not entirely convinced about the bridge though. Can anyone recommend a good alternative, and do you think this bass would sound good in general?