Hello there! I hope that I'll be lucky enough to read the opinion of our great luthiers Well, this is the "problem": there are lots of basses with maple necks, but the neck-thru basses with that feature, to my ears, don't sound as bright as they should do to be "my cup of tea". I've owned a couple of Series I basses, with both Walnut and Maple tops, and they didn't sound bright enough to me and I didn't like the sound enough to justify keeping them. I've owned (and I own) a lot of basses made with hardwoods, and it seems that Wengé neck basses often have a better response. Now you should say "Just go on getting basses with Wengé necks, dumb!"... well, the sad thing is that there are lots of nicest basses (Smith, Wal, Fodera, F etc.) and I'm very curious to know if they are bright enough for my taste. I guess that the fingerboard is another important factor... well, Ebony looks great but Wengé is probably better to me! Any idea? Thanx guys!