Sigh. I was talking to the owner of an extremely famous vintage guitar/banjo store and he said a few things about customs I want your input on. I mean.. he might be right in some sense. First of all he said he would never make them because they have no resale value. I asked why they have no resale value.. I mean.. I see Foderas and Sadowskys going (when they do) on sale used for most hefty prices. He said something about how much Martins increase in value. I didnt care. Then we got into how all of the big name custom makers are/arent really custom basses. Hes sort of got a point there, because they will absolutely refuse to make something that they dont want to put their stamp on. Youll never see a famous maker make some radical body shape for a customer... and its not that unusual for a manufacturer to put a limit on the number of strings for a certain style bass. Then theres the whole deal with "custom" bass makers actually having certain styles. They let you customize some of the woods and stuff. But its not like you cant replace the hardware once you get the instrument.. and its not like you cant repaint the body. Sort of seems like Im agreeing with him here, but Im not. He does have some good points, but ultimately I think that a custom instruments are custom simply by the fact that you did specify at least some ( at least one, really) aspect of it, and its being made just for you. Then he said something about them being worthless because no one else is going to want what was made for you. Personally I might buy a bass just because its one of a kind; even if it isnt made by anyone Ive ever heard of. Wouldnt a lot of people?