Originally Posted by xdanxx
Sometimes while trying out new instruments I feel like im not giving them a fair shake when trying them out at big box stores. Some instruments ill put down because they play terribly, but often I wonder if im not giving them a fair shake because of a terrible setup.
Yes! I am. I like my action SUPER LOW and not all basses can go as low as I like.
Before purchasing my Modulus Q5 I had them adjust the action in the store to as low as they could get it. I felt this was a reasonable request given the price of the bass. The action was great so I bought it.
Conversely, I almost bought a Tobias but the store couldn't get rid of a buzz on the 8th fret of the E string with the action set as low as I wanted. So I walked away from the purchase.
I have since learned to set my own action but still find that not all basses support the type of action I'm after.
You can learn a lot about a bass by researching the Internet and this fine forum also. For example, I bought a Lakland based on research that repeatedly turned up results about how wonderful the neck was and how crazy low the action was. I read enough of these posts to know that it was a characteristic of the basses and company. So I bought one from a fellow TBer and it was wonderful!