Ok, so I've wanted a Carl Thompson bass for years, though to be honest, that desire is based a lot on looks. I'm a StingRay player at the core--I absolutely love the sound and feel of a 'Ray. That said, I would like to one day (within the next 10 years, ideally) have a Grail Bass, and that for me would be a Carl Thompson, with a purpleheart body, neck, and fretboard; StingRay pickup location (preferably the Bartolini 'Ray replacement pick up); whammy bar; and Aguilar preamp. I know I'm probably stupid for wanting this bass--I just can't get the image out of my head and what that bass might sound like. So my question is this--while this is my Grail Bass, are there other luthiers that could make the same bass, or better, and who should I look at?