Originally Posted by Bassist4Eris
Wow, that's surprising to me. You bought this bass new? The control cavity in my Stiletto Studio 8 is very professionally done: neat and well-shielded, with very clean and solid soldering. It's one of several things I noted with satisfaction when I took delivery of the instrument.
Bass was second hand, but the owner was a teenage kid who had never looked at the wiring. The finish was intact on the screws of the battery compartment, which suggests minimal tampering.
I guess the bass is an early production model. The finish has yellowed considerably (tan line photos if you want?) and the hardware is black. The pickups are market "Schecter" which never cropped up on the later models I remember seeing in shops.
The insulation was partly melted on the wiring on the blend pot. Because they used small pots it is pretty cramped on there. I was surprised to see that the wires were tack-soldered onto the pot however, rather than properly through the eyelets. A lower-wattage soldering iron with a fine tip would have done (says he who uses a high watt iron all the time).
Worst of all, the battery box didn't fit the cavity corner it was screwed down in. The battery box was a piece of bent metal, that was screwed into the cavity floor. The cavity floor was so badly routed here that there was a rising ramp of wood next to the potentiometers that did not look intentional at all. The battery box was folding in on itself due to its cramped location, and as such a PP3 battery could not be made to properly fit in the box. A dedicated battery box route, outwith the control cavity, with a quick-release cover would have been a much better option. As such, removing the back cover is a hassle and the screws already spin freely in their holes suggesting that the tap is already worn out in the wood. In such occasions I tend to coat the tips of the screws in Titebond 1 and screw them in. The glue makes the wood expand to fit the screw, and it hardens the wood as well. Great for bridges when you want a solid contact.