So, has anyone had this experience? I met with a very respectable luthier and designed, ordered and paid for what I thought was going to be my dream bass. I picked out the top and neck woods. I specified the body wood but didnt pick out a specific piece. The builder also mentioned that he had changed his headstock shape slightly at the time. Ok, so 5 months later I receive pictures of my new boutique bass in progress and the body wood is much lighter than I expected. So much so that it does not come close to the look that I envisioned when I ordered the bass. Also, not only did the headstock change but the tuner configuration changed to something I dont like at all. I want to make this very clear, I do not hold the builder responsible for my disappointment in any way. I blame my own inexperience and not communicating clearly the look I wanted. Although, at the time I really didnt think there was any way it could turn out different than I envisioned. Who knew? Im sure the bass will play and sound just as excellent as all of his basses but isnt part of the reason for ordering a custom instrument (and paying boutique prices) is getting what you want? So, now it seems that I ordered a custom bass that I will be selling as soon as its finished. Hopefully, I wont take too much of a loss on this lesson.