So yeah, after collecting some dust while I tinkered w/ other basses, I recently rediscovered the sweetness of a custom I have. It's a Sage custom (serial #001) made by Justin Welcome, a Hamer luthier, in 1979. It has Lane Poor soapbar pickups and a 3-band seymour duncan eq w/ a push pull slap switch. I keep the onboard eq relatively flat and this bass just SINGS. It has a beautiful ash top w/ walnut (i think) in spots and plays really well. Very consistent volumes between slap and fingerstyle changes and sounds marvelous. Only downside is it weighs a TON. But weight = good tone in this case I'm so glad I didn't end up selling it when it was for sale.. haha..