Yo, this is my first post on this board so first things first...hello everyone! Now onto my questions... I've thought about it and decided a while back that I want to get a custom made 6 string bass so recently I've been spending a lot of time looking into custom bass builders. Originally I had kind of settled on Fodera as my choice but then I realized that spending around $7,000 and not having it for another year or possibly more just isn't possible right now. So I continued my search and ran into Nordstrand and saw that they were often compared to Fodera quality wise and every review I read on them said they sounded excellent. So this is where I need some help. I have never personally played one so I was hoping some of you guys could help give me some input. I play technical death metal so I need a bass that can sound pretty mean but still sound amazing at the same time (think Necrophagist as an example). Do you think Nordstrand's basses could be good for this? Plus, does anyone have any idea how long they take to construct an instrument? Thanks so much for any help anyone can give me. Plus feel free to suggest other companies to me. I'm all ears!