I hope the moderators don't misunderstand my motives here, but here's a link to one of the US's top Boutique Guitar Shops. http://stores.ebay.com/Willcutt-Guitars?_trksid=p2047675.l2563 Once you've looked at their offerings, doesn't OUR World of Boutique Bass Builders look like the Bargain of the Century? You can have EXACTLY what you want, right or wrong, built for a fraction of these mass produce "custom guitars/basses". PLEASE don't let on that we've figured this out, but why should I pay $9K for a PRS or comparable custom, when a TRULY "custom bass" is 1/3rd or 1/2 of that? I may be an idiot, but please speak slowly so I understand. BTW, My first Alembic, a '76 Series One, was $1200.