EDIT (1/17/2012): I am editing this thread to clarify some issues that have been brought to my attention -- Some here wish to call this a "parts bass", and I can go with that. The "parts" used in its construction are clearly identified below, and in prior threads regarding this bass that I have linked ... and Josh Helms DID do the work for the original owner of this bass, for what that is worth! I acquired this excellent 5-string bass here recently, and although it is a very nice bass with a set of "hot" Seymour Duncan SMB-5A (Music Man-style) pickups, and a to-die-for body of burl maple with a dark stain, it just not the 5-string for me! Here is a link to the classified (trade-down) thread from which I purchased this bass (LOTS of great hi-res photos in this thread) -- http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f126/trade-down-josh-helms-custom-5-a-839482/ And the original thread listing this bass last August, from which my seller obtained it through a trade -- http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f126/trade-feeler-custom-parts-5-string-duncan-mm-pups-803537/ A bit of background regarding this bass's components: The Carvin neck has an ebony fingerboard, 1.75" nut width, and 14" fingerboard radius, with 22 frets and a 34" scale length as installed on this bass. The frets are medium-jumbo and are of hard alloy material, the nut is graphite, and the fingerboard is diamond-ground to be accurate within 1/1000 of an inch. Here is the link to the neck blank on Carvin's website -- Carvin.com - Custom Shop :: n522 These powerful Seymour Duncan Basslines 1976-voiced Music Man-type humbuckers have a higher output than many active pickups (with preamp engaged); here is a description on the Duncan website -- 4/5 string for Music Man® (alnico) SMB-4a & -5a - Seymour Duncan 4-String The actual weight of this bass (according to my shipping scale) is closer to 8.75 lbs. than 8 lbs., as was originally posted; that is still plenty lightweight for a 5-string bass. If you know what a Music Man 5-string bass sounds like, you'll have a pretty good idea what to expect from this bass. The nice narrow neck (as narrow as you can get on a 5-string), and 14" fingerboard radius, with ebony fingerboard, make it a pleasure to play. I have given it a new set of GHS Custom Shop "Pressurewound" strings, done a neck and bridge setup that suits my semi-aggressive playing style (some neck relief, medium string action (not super-low, but not super-high either), and even though it was basically immaculate when I got it, I gave it a thorough cleaning when I changed the strings last week. It has about 6 to 9 hours playing time on it since changing the strings, and I "tweaked" the setup last night. [DEL]I'd like to get $900 shipped[/DEL] PRICE REDUCED TO $800 FOR A QUICK SALE (in the lower 48 - Continental USA) for this bass, and I am taking a significant loss at that price. Some are questioning the pricing of this bass ... If you like it, and think you would like to buy it, send me an offer via PM and we can go from there. The "parts" that were used in its construction easily total as much or more than I am asking for it, and when you add-in the labor to build it (including the shaping and finishing work that was done on the neck), this is a $1,200 to $1,300 bass at a minimum! I will also include a $100 (best discount price .... list price is $199.99) RoadRunner hardshell case with this bass. If GHS Pressurewounds are not to your liking, I will include one or more sets of stainless steel roundwounds (I have Dunlops, Michael Tobias Design, etc.). In addition to the pic's in the initial thread, I am posting a bunch of new ones that I took this morning in the next few posts. Please PM me if you are interested in this bass.