Right, I've just about sorted the spec for a custom 5-string . Now, who to build it ? I've spoken to a well respected local (10 min drive) guitar luthier and also to a top flight bass luthier (1.5 hour train ride), again incredilbly well respected. The rub is this; the guitar guy is willing to put together pretty much exactly what I want, in exactly the way I want it for $3,600 - the bass guys want to restrict my options (slightly) and charge me $5,000 :scowl: . I can afford both, although the $1,400 cuts into my amp budget . Both luthiers are proabably equally respected in their own fields therefore $1,400 buys me a recognised brand name, experience with bass building and less risk but costs me some control over the body and head shape. I just can't figure out which way to go . What would YOU do?