I have had the pleasure in my life of having two custom basses built for me. It is NOT the economical way to go and if I could do it over again I may think twice about dropping all that dough, even though in other posts I have said everyone should try it once. Maybe since I am broke now, and could use the money ... That being said, when I put new strings on my old Cirrus they sound bright and new for a long time, but on my new custom it eats strings. It seems like new wood or newly built basses make strings sound old and dead after only about 5 hours of playing. Why is this ?? Is there a science behind this ?