Anyone ever hear of this brand? It's a Chicago sculptor - turned luthier, calling his company Specimen. He makes his instruments out of aluminum and phenolic, and stuff. One model of guitar has a body made from a piece of 2 x 12 construction lumber. The aluminum bass... http://specimenproducts.com/instru/originals.html He has a tele and a j bass that sell for $2,800 and $2,875, respectively. I live about 40 miles away from his shop, with traffic nightmares o' plenty (I hate Chicago expressways), but next time I travel into the city, I'm going to stop by and try one out. I'm really interested if he can make an aluminum instrument sound like anything decent. Interesting.