A couple of years ago I had a bunch of posts regarding a pickup search for a 5 string that I was going to have Neal Moser build. A lot of help from folks led me to getting Nordstrand pickups for it. Some may remember some discussion why numbers are important in measuring necks and stuff. Anyway - the bass came in - I thought that some might like to see it. http://nealmoser.com/store/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=6433 The bass is totally custom spec. MCS had not done many 5 strings before and this is the only Spawn done they actually made the bass template for this one. The neck was also wider than they would normally go and of course the custom wound Nordys. I also went with Gotoh tuners as Neal said the other brands are using such thin gold plate now it wears off. But Ken Smith vouched for the Gotoh quality and I think that is also what is on Alembic. Regrets - UPS managed to damage it so it is going to have to go back for repairs. Fully functional but has an ugly spot where wood got chipped off. Sort of like saving up for a really great car and then watching them dent a fender while they back it off the truck. Enough to cry.