Ni! Ok, I've been playing for about 2 years, and I've decided that after all that time, I want to finally find "THE" bass for me. Ya know, one bass that I could just hold on to forever. One that I can't help but want to play it. One that just fuels whatever creativity is inside of me. One that, if I never got ANOTHER bass ever again, as long as I lived, and only had this one, that I would be ok with that (I know thats a hard thought for some people on here to imagine..) Anyway, I thought about it, and I think I'd be willing to spend up to like $2500. It would be tough to do, but worth it in the end I was considering a few things: 1) Having Jack Read custom build me a bass. He's only like 40 minutes from me and I've always loved his work. But I can't decide on what to even design. I know he'll help, but I wanted some 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc.. opinions. I play alot of groove/funk oriented stuff, as well as melodic, chord bassed music. But I also love Motown, Jaco, Geddy, Sting.. I'm experimenting in slap, tap etc.. Bassically to sum it up.. I'm looking for something very versatile, but at the same time might offer a distinct tone. Any ideas on what body/neck/fingerboard woods I could consider? 2) Although Im leaning towards the custom, I'm open also to just buying a pre-made. I know there are tons of threads about versatile basses and such, but given what I'm described for my wants/needs, who do you all recommend as worth looking at? (keep in mind the price range) Of course I'd want something constructed top notch, with a neck that in playability/stability, just wont let me down. Thanks all, I look forward to whatever you guys have to offer for suggestion! Rob Oh yea, I don't know if it matters, but I don't play out. I'm happy just making music for myself.