You can see the different options available for this Bass here: http://www.spectorbass.com/bass_euro_Euro4LX_1.html I know I absolutely want the 35" scale, the Hipshot de-tuner, EMG soapbar pickups, black hardware, and the EMG BQC preamp... but for all of the other options, I am completely undecided. Ordering direct from the manufacturer is fun, isn't it? I am not sure whether I want a natural or a painted finish, nor am I sure if I want an poplar/zebrawood/spalted maple top or the standard quilted maple top. Also I might even be considering getting the 5-string version or maybe a lined fretless fingerboard. I play a mix of metal/hard rock/punk and some softer, more organic music. I want the 35" scale and de-tuner specifically for the point of downtuning, but getting the 5-string would mean I will never need to downtune. The problem with the 5-string is that I don't want that extra high string. As for the fretless issue, I like Steve Digiorgio and all, but I don't think my intonation is quite consistent enough to use it in a metal setting. On the other hand, the fretless would help for the softer styles of music. On the issue of the finishes, I am quite sure I will be happy with whatever I end up choosing, but I want to see what you guys think about them first. Thanks in advance.