Originally Posted by Jumpno
Yeah if things fall through with the dealer, Ill call up visa and take advantage of their insurance. Thanks for the tips! I think ill try to return it, though it is just SUCH a pain in the butt, as i have to make a 4 hour road trip *sigh* Suppose its worth it though.
Im still waiting for a reply though, things will probably be sorted by tomorrow
I presume you got this from Rondo which has a "no questions" easy return policy. They'll send a new one pronto.
But given that this is only an SX one might ask how the frets are? If this were mine, (and including the road-trip shipping hassle) I'd be trying to decide if there was any damage to the frets that caused that chipping.
If so, if the frets weren't perfect, that bass would be going back. But because there is a certain amount of luck involved in buying an SX if every thing else was perfect (wood grain, hardware, general care in construction etc.) I might have a go at fixing the missing finish.
What that takes would be to fill in the bad places with clear epoxy. Usually this is best even though the finish is poly because of the thickness of the SX poly. It leaves pretty deep voids when peeled. I just put a dab of epoxy in the bad spot and cover it with clear shipping tape to produce a decent matching surface to surrounding finish.
Then when hard, (may take several applications to get it built up just right) you file/sand the whole thing smooth as you can. And finally I apply several coats of minwax poly urethane rub-on gloss until I get an nice finish that matches the rest.
There will be some "step" from one finish to the other, so if you want perfect you need to buff the whole thing out with an electric drill and one of those sheepskin deals it will look decent. I know this sounds like a lot of work, but it really isn't. I've fixed a few basses like this that had some major dings and gouges.
Personally I'd just ship it back unless I was really, really tickled about everything else about it.