Ok, I know that this is the third time I've put up specs for you all to look at, but I hope this is the last time. I'm really thinking about making some heavy changes to the current specs I have here, but I want to go ahead and get my specs finalized and frozen now so that I know how much money I'm going to need to save. Fretted: DP Custom 5-string bass Custom body/headstock shape Contoured body (Spector, Warwick Thumb) 35" scale Hipshot Ultralite Tuners (Black) ABM Bridge (or Hipshot 'A' if ABM is n/a in black) Black metal knobs Ash body Zebrawood top 5-piece neck (wenge/purpleheart/wenge/purpleheart/wenge) 2 EMG 40J pickups 18v Aguilar OBP-1 preamp/EQ (volume, balance, bass, treble) Ebony fingerboard Custom 'Pi symbol' inlay at 12th fret (no other inlays) Dunlop flushmount straplocks Neutrik locking output jack Right now the hardware and shape are the only specs that are frozen. So here's my main question... Would these woods give me a good combination of growl and cut? Think a mixture between say, a Spector and a Warwick. If not, what suggestions would you make? As of right now, the body is standard natural ash, not swamp ash. I will have to see if Mr. Pushic can get a hold on some swamp ash for me. If there are absolutely ANY changes you would make, please don't be afraid to tell me. Also, I'm pretty well decided on the preamp. My other main area for change is in the pickups. I was thinking about an EMG 40DC in the neck position, and an EMG 40J in the bridge. Is that a better idea than what I have spec'd right now? How about two 40DCs? All of your input is greatly appreciated. Gotta run! Thanks again everyone.