Originally Posted by smcd
Did you return the bass? "Mint" means different things to different people. And expecting a private party to ship an inexpensive bass as if it were a $10k Fodera is a bit much.
Just saw this reply after searching for a different Geddy thread.
As explained, it needed a setup. I had to touch up a couple of spots on the paint, and had to find the right shade to match. It needed buffing and polishing due to cheap plastic wrap being stuffed in the zipped gigbag against the paint for 2,000 miles. The pots needed cleaning to get rid of static and noise. When I replaced the strings with new Rotos, I detailed the crud-filled bridge and got the grime out. Same for the tuners.
No, I didn't return the bass, as these were easily-solvable issues. Considering I had mentioned it was a "custom," it was indeed a bass I wanted to keep. So I solved the issues stated above. What chapped my a*s was the fact that it was described as "mint" with the exception of "a few minor scratches on the back." So that's what I expected. The things I described, plus the fact that it used to have a thumbrest screwed into the custom pickguard but had undisclosed holes instead at the time I hit BuyItNow, made it far from any reasonable person's expectations of "mint." Mint, to me, means it's an impeccable piece, ready to play, with no issues except any that are stated in advance. Cat-hair and grimy crap stuck in a dirty bridge and in the tracks of the tuners aren't "mint" in anyone's book, I don't think.
As far as the comment "expecting a private party to ship an inexpensive bass as if it were a $10k Fodera is a bit much" goes, I say, no s***, genius, and I didn't suggest it should have been shipped as such.
However, I think my point about it being shipped in a cardboard Lowe's hardware box WITHOUT THE WORD FRAGILE ANYWHERE ON THE BOX stands on its own. Think about it: it was a Lowe's box. With a fragile musical instrument inside, in this case, a custom-painted Japanese Fender Geddy Lee Signature bass. FAR from my most valuable musical possession, but still deserving of care.
The "$10k Fodera" comment leads me to believe the person writing it feels that only at a certain price point should bass guitars being shipped have the word FRAGILE marked on the box. Now that writer's avatar seems more than apropos.
To me, 10 seconds with a Sharpie and a request for the word to be stamped on the container at the shipping place only makes sense.
Regardless, I now love the Geddy after my efforts to make it as truly and more-accurately "mint" as it can be! I'm not mad at anybody, and the bass is a fun player.
But some of the comments out here really just give me some forehead-slap moments every now & then.