Hey Jazzyvee, I'm just now seeing this thread! I guess I've been too busy playing my new Europa! You have commented to me in the past that you weren't sure that you knew enough about all the possibilities that can be done to build your Dream Bass but it sounds like you have some very good & definite ideas now! I can tell you from my experience that no matter what you build, there will always be something you think of later that you could have added to the build. I also know that anything that Alembic builds for you will be the most amazing bass you have ever had! So I will give you the same advice several people gave me when my wife & I were considering having children, if you wait until you think you are ready, you will never have them! No one is ever completely prepared to build the perfect instrument for themselves. There are just too many options and variables that there is no way to consider them all. Most companies would give you a menu of custom options to choose from, but Alembic gives you a blank sheet of paper with the simple, yet daunting instruction to Dream Big!
There is nothing like having your own custom built! When I got my SCSD I thought it was the best bass on the planet & the perfect bass for me. I still love it, but I'm In Love with my Europa! There is a difference! When I used to race dirt bikes there came a time when I no longer felt like I was riding the bike, I felt like I was a part of the bike, like we were one. That's when I got faster & started winning races. The same is true of my Europa. I play my SCSD & it feels & sounds incredible, but the Europa feels like it is a part of me. From the body style to the wood choices to the neck dimensions to the string spacing to the headstock to the color selection to the hardware plating to the electronics, all pieces of the puzzle that I selected, come together to form an organic bond between me & the bass which translates into the most incredible playing experience of my life!
So, I say all this to tell you to take the plunge! Sell some gear or a kidney or whatever it takes to build your dream bass & have no doubts that it will be worth the sacrifice, worth the wait, & absolutely be the most incredible instrument you have ever laid your hands on! You can build The One that is equally at home doing reggae or jazz! The possibilities are endless! All you have to do is Dream Big!
I don't mind if you blame me for stirring the desire to build in you! You & Steve Wood are most definitely to blame (or thank!) for my Blue Orca!
(Message edited by rustyg61 on February 17, 2015)