After lots of aborted attempts at buying a new bass recently, I finally made a decision and picked up a VM fretless. I'm not playing out at the moment, I have a MIM Precision and a couple of Yammies that are solid, reliable instruments that work in a whole lot of contexts, and I just wanted something to enjoy at home and that was, for me, at a justifiable price-point. It was a also a belated post-wedding, post-PhD, post-Vietnam holiday present for myself (and hey, I'm Australian; discretionary spending is our way of life.)
It was ordered from the Fender warehouse, sent to the store, the store checked it over, and sent it to me. So I don't know how much of the initial setup is factory or store, but anyway... out of the box it was ready to go. The setup was perfect for me; I play with a lighter touch these days and the strings were nice and low. You barely have to look at this bass and it starts mwahing all over the place. Yummy. Intonation was set so that most notes are in tune when you stop the string *just* behind the fret marker, which feels right to me but some people may have other preferences.
The hardware is sturdy and clean. The electronics are in better shape than my MIM - although I lucked out with my MIM, because it was shipped with two linear pots of unknown origin for some reason. The Seymour Duncan pickups give a fairly classic Jazz burp, and there's plenty of tonal variety. When soloing either of the p'ups, there is very little hum at all. I have a BB405 with a J+J configuration; the SDs are probably a bit brighter and the Yamaha p'ups seems to have more of a low-mid bark, though a bit of EQ soon does the trick. The strings also need a bit of playing in, so have a bit of natural brightness anyway.
The sunburst finish is fantastic, as you can see, and although the tops aren't matched on these basses, mine is close enough. The neck was a bit rough in spots, as though the sanding job wasn't finished, but it's nothing I can't fix my self if it really annoys me. The bass itself is light, and the neck (my first 'proper' Jazz neck) is thin and a real joy to play. You don't really notice the ebanol fingerboard, and the great thing about it is that if you scratch it with roundwounds you can just rub the scratches away with your fingers!
I'm really enjoying this bass, and am glad I picked it up. I can see it getting a lot of playing time at home and when, as I'm planning, I join up with the local big band again. For now, jamming out to standards with this bass and iReal Book on my iPad is good enough.
TL;DR AAAAA++++ great customer easy transaction please shop again thank you.