Until recently, I had never noticed this issue. I've now seen both new AVRI and new Custom Shop basses with visible indentations in the body from the bridge covers.
Is this considered normal or a defect that would warrant a reduction in price? I think this might be more common in basses with nitro finishes, but I'm not sure.
Do vintage Fenders typically have indentations like this?
I'm wondering about this because while I look the look of the covers, I prefer to play without them.