Hot Damn!!!! I just got my new Nordstrand bass back out of the shop after changing the pickups, and LOOKOUT!! This thing KILLS!!!! I wish I knew how to post a link or a picture, but you've GOT to check this bass out! He's at nordstransguitars.com; my bass is the 4 string cherryburst! I just commisioned him to build me a single cutaway fretless 4....featherweight alder body, an Englemann spruce (!) top, pink ivorywood lined fretless board, burled maple back plate, hipshot hardwear, the new John Suhr 3 band preamp with passive tone rolloff, Bartolini 9W4Js, etc. The whole enchilada is only 1800!!! This is the guy who's been doing the fretwork for John Suhr's guitars, as well as the fretwork on GR Basses...Bass Player quoted it as being some of the finest fretwork they'd seen. Any way, Carey's building an incredible bass, and the playability and feel of his instruments is honestly better than any custom bass that I've played. Check out his site...I know a lot of you have basses by D Lewis, Karl Hoyt, Matt Schmill, Bill Conklin, Rob Elrick, etc....there's nothing like having the attention to detail and CS of a small luthier who's willing to work with what YOU want! What are your experiences with these guys? I hear NOTHING but GREAT stuff about them!! Post your experiences with luthiers like them!!!!