First, the specs Fretted: DP Custom 5-string bass 35" scale Hipshot Ultralite Tuners Gotoh Bridge (strings thru body) Ash body (Quilted Maple Top) Black Cherry Finish (like Spector CR) Solid Maple neck 2 EMG CS pickups 18v Aguilar OBP-1 preamp/EQ Ebony fingerboard Dunlop straplocks Ok, now the miscellaneous information. Firstly, I'm looking into using this bass mainly for metal/hard rock, so ability to cut is a definite must. I also slap/pop a fair bit, so I am definitely looking for something that will be at the very least decent for that. Yeah, you may have noticed that this is a bit of a Spector-a-like. However, I've heard nothing but good things from people about their sound (especially for metal/hard rock), so I've kind of modeled this bass after a high-end Spector. What I'm mainly asking is, do you think this bass given its specs will be good for metal/hard rock and a little slap/pop? Please feel more than free to suggest some changes in any of the specs, but please tell me why you suggested them I'm not an expert on woods or electronics, but I figured this should be a good way to learn some things as well. Thanks for your time!