I just got a 2012 (Nov build date) today, and there are zero issues with it. I only picked up two, and had to really
nit-pick to choose between them, and the choice really came down to color. I don't know whether that proves your theory or not, but there it is. There are still plenty of them out there, so you should have no trouble getting one if you'd prefer it to a '13. If you see it nowhere else, check out Elderly Instruments
, as they have several 2012s, as well as some 2011s (still new), if you prefer the "darker" pickups.
Originally Posted by JimmyM
"You're just the bass player."
I replied, "Not any longer I'm not."
(Ampeg PortaFlex #376, LOG #433, Country #35, CV #92, PBass #804, JBass #1205, SVT-7 Pro #7, IBaHSB #27)