So we all, or mostly, know of Stradivarius: regarded as the absolute best builder of classical violins of all time, the very epitome of what a violin should be. Perfect attention, with certain variances in different periods, to build, materials, and varnish - to every functional aspect of the instrument and its tone and character. In essence, a Stradivarius is second to nothing. So, who's the Stradivarius of bass guitar builders? Which models, or which makers, and why? We are players of a very young instrument, maybe only 60 years or so going by production builders (which some may feel are therefore disqualified, but others will contend are among the best), but already there are established, and much defended and affronted classics, among them Fender, Gibson, and others - some will lean towards classics, some will lean towards more modern boutique instruments, but I'm interested in knowing what makes you think an instrument might be, in the years that come, even decades or centuries (does anyone think the Stradivari thought their instruments would be the crown jewels of the classical world literally hundreds of years later? Perhaps they had the arrogance/confidence to believe so even as they worked at the woodbench..) that will come? Or do you think the level of attention given to such instruments even applies to something like a bass guitar? Keep it clean.