I was thinking of eventually saving up for a nice custom bass, either by going with Warmoth/Bartolini electronics, or one of the other Custom builders such as Bass Kahuna. . . . . but I'm considering just going with the less expensive route and purchasing an Ibanez SR506 at the local music store. It still has Bartolini electronics, but also has the 16.5 mm string spacing that I like (I don't do slapping) and a 34" neck. I've heard a lot of good things about the SR506, and perhaps I need to drop my "eliteist" attitude (not meant as a flame by ANY means!) and just go with the non custom rig. Sure, I'd like to be able to have a nice exotic top with matching head, but I'm not sure that it is enough to drop another $1,000 for those options. What would be your thoughts on this? BTW, FYI, when I buy, the price of the Warmoth parts wouldn't necessarily be a problem. Thanks!