Pretty soon I plan on shelling out around $1000 for a new custom. I've been planning one have Dave Pushic build me one. We've already narrowed everything down, and just waiting for the final go ahead and the down payment. I've also been thinking of spending about the same amount (or less) at Warmoth (or Stewmac), and building the bass myself. I've got some experience, but not much. My fretless 4 was put together by me from parts I accumulated. I've got access to a good woodworking shop, and have wood working experience. My dilemma is this: I know if I have Dave Pushic build me a bass, my money will be well spent and i will have a high quality bass. I don't mind the wait either. On the other hand, I'd like to be a part time luthier and this would be great experience. But, the possibility of screwing it up big time poses a credible threat.