So I just bought a Wishbass. A "Motley Sam" with the body made up of several different pieces of wood. Looks like Eddie van Halen's 5150 guitar (remember those) but the stripes are made by contrasting colors of natural wood. Kind of cool to look at. I thought I would post my thoughts about the instrument in case anyone is interested and/or considering buying a Wishbass. I paid $300 for the bass sight unseen (well, actually wish sent me pics of the bass unstrung and without electronics) as it has a lacquer finish and the Motley design. I had the bass for about 2 weeks during which time I got used to it, playing it only through a headphone amp. Monday night I played it amplified in the rehearsal studio with band for the first time and was for lack of better words, blown away. The bass has a very unique tone and feel. Really full bodied and "woody". It's quite growly too (lots of Mwah! as they say) and you can get all sorts of different tones from playing at different points on the strings. In that sense, and with its very thick neck, it has the best aspects of upright bass and electric bass. While the bass has its certain "rustic" characteristics such as the brushed lacquer finish, the nail head dot markers (some may call these flaws), and you cannot adjust the strings or truss rod (there is none) it has some cool features. I particularly like the open headstock, and the neck ranges 2 and 1/2 octaves, which are pretty well playable! And this is some solid construction folks. The neck feels indestructable and the bass makes so much sound unplugged that you would forget that it's an electric. And man do those harmonics sing! Negatives-- in all honesty I am concerned about the lack of truss rod and would probably get one in my next wish just for insurance purposes. Then again, I owned and giged heavily on a Steinberger for years-- great bass and it too had no truss rod. Also, I think Wish should consider building and offering a non-metal bridge that is adjustable, even if it only moves up and down slightly like that on an upright bass. But to make a long story short, this is a very cool and different bass and I am very happy I bought it. A few other bass players were around at the studio Monday-- they also checked it out and thought it was pretty awesome. I am not a gear snob but I am fortunate to own a few good basses (including a Musicman Stingray 4, Fodera Emperor, G&L 2000, Hartfield 6-string, Yamaha BB-5000F) and I have to say the WIshbass has immediately become one of my favorites. I have certainly never played or heard anything like it in my life. While I have read varying opintions about them on TB (mostly negative) I have to say that I am of the opinion that Wish offers something that no else does, especially at the =<$300 pricepoint. In fact, as soon as I have another $300 to part with I am going back to him for another model to add to my collection. I saw a thread floating around recently suggesting some members chip in to buy a Wishbass and give it a full on review. I think this is a terrific idea. In fact there is a Cherry Wood Sam on ebay with a BIN of only $200 if this idea is still in play. For that little scratch, you will not be disappointed, and I dare say you will be pleasantly surprised by it.