www.artingerguitar.com I dropped off my Acacia 6 to have some neck / fretboard maintenance done. Matt was recommended to me by another local bassist as the only guy he'd trust around here. I decided to take his advice. First of all, the nicest guy you'll ever deal with...absolutely. I think I'm a pretty good judge, and this guy was very genuine. Probably 26-29 years old or so. I recently saw one of his big box archtops being played by a guy in another local band. His shop is in his basement. Looking around, I noticed the sides for many in-process arched and carved-top geetars settling in molds. Also, a number of tops in various stages of completeness. I saw a few yet to be finished, partially assembled axes. Holy mackerel, these guitars were among the sweetest pieces of work on a guitar I've ever seen. Then he opened up a case and busted out a red burst, double cutaway archtop with koa binding, ebony (I think) fingerboard, matching tailpiece ... it was the most beautiful guitar I've ever seen up close. Very classy yet edgy looking. I'm seriously considering getting him to build me a fretless 6. It's about a 6-8 month lead time. All custom. So, relative to buying a high-end boutique bass in the city, the lead time is long, the prices reflect the custom work needed, but the guy is cool and stands behind his work...which is, in a word, remarkable. He's also only a 25 minute drive for me, so I can stop in and pester him while my bass is being made. I'll decide soon and keep you guys updated if I go that route.