Howdy, I'm a bluegrass bass picker from the blue hills of Wisconsin. I pick in a band called The Cabin' Dwellers. I still use my china bass yet today. I have put this bass threw extreme use and weather conditions. The old junker is still goin'. The only luthiers we have around is yourself and a bench full of tools. I just bought a EM-1 from music123. I'm still waiting on the truckin company. The bass looks like has big "F" holes,so it should be a thumper. I hope it holds up to the punishment that I'll be putting it threw. I was at a work shop in BayFeild Wi with Del Mcoury's band. I got a chance to play Mike Bubs' 56-kay. Holy crap what a bass! To this day its still the loudest bass I've heard. If my EM-1 is half that loud,I'll be happy!