Alright, so many have probably already seen my post about wanting an ultra boutique bass. Thats all fine and dandy but I wanted to have a solid point of reference of sound, feel and playability of different basses, and see if I could find one I liked for less money and available that moment. Ok, so I walk in and the first bass I see is: The Pedulla: Beautiful, eye catching, zebra wood over ash, awesome bass. But then I played it. Personally, it was much to skinny for me. And the lack of weight seemed reflected in the tone. It just didn't have the growl I wanted. Very nice bass, but not my thing. So I moved to Warwick Corvette: The neck was a tree trunk, automatically disqualified. But I liked Warwick so I tried Warwick Thumb Bass: Started playing sitting down and I thought I had found my dream bass. The bass literally growled. The bubinga, wenge and bit a maple were just gorgeous and the neck through was immaculate. Interesting fact I found out, the brass used on the frets is the same used in the church bells where the bass is made, and provides for more ring in the string. But then I tried it with a strap on (wow that sounds odd), and found the thing to be soooo top heavy. I either had to put loads of pressure onto the pickup from my right thumb or hold the bass up with my left hand. I had to move on to Musicman StingRay: Ok, I've always liked these. And it sound and sit very nicely. The problem was I had just tried the Warwick, and knew I wanted that growl. The StringRay had phenomenal sound, but it didn't have that angry growl in the B and E. It did have clarity and brilliant highs though. And I loved that. But, sorry StringRay lovers (me as well) it just wasn't PERFECT. So in dissappointment I thought, "I'll try the classic" Fender Jazz Bass: The problem was it wasn't a classic. It was a new fender jazz bass, passive pickups. It just wasn't my sound, and actually was a bit uncomfortable. I've tried a 62' Jazz Bass and loved it, but this was crap. Perfect being the key here, I wanted perfect. Perfect sound, perfect playability, perfectly sit against your body, everything. I understand a post like this, knocking most of the best major basses can offend a lot of people. But I'm being honest here, these were my findings. It also explains what I'm looking for a bit. I don't care about appearance anymore, I'm just looking for that perfect sound, playability and the way it balances. I think I may try my own hand at being a luthier. It seems fulfilling, fun, rewarding and like I could make "exactly" what I want (after about 10 years of practice and try and error that is). I was wondering if anyone could reccomend books or sources good for starting off in the field. I've read Cuppiano's book on acoustic making, but I'm looking for specifically bass. I'm also wondering what people think of the reviews. Thanks everyone.