I have been meaning to post this review for a while, but since the issues I've had working with this repair shop are so vast and numerous, I haven't gotten the time to sit down until now. A little backstory. I bought an old Riverhead Phantom Bass from a local pawn and needed a total restoration. A refinish, rewire, and overhaul. You can read more about the journey in this thread. I had been following this plucky independent bass repair and refinisher named Johnny Long. He runs a business called "the hobo depot bass shop" basically out of his shed. However, he both seemed like a nice guy, he seemed passionate about his work, and finished work he posted on socials looked like decent enough jobs. Since this particular bass was a cheap acquisition due to how much work it needed, I decided to take my chances on Mr. Long and the Hobo Depot. Here was the bass when I sent it to him. It was heavily worn and the previous owner put a jumper on the preamp and mangled the wiring. It needed to be totally redone with a new preamp. I sent him the bass and I asked for the following services: -total refinish from the original pearl white to a solid gloss white -apply restoration decals that I made myself and sent -re-wiring and installing a new preamp supplied by me -replace knobs with new old stock knobs, supplied by me -shim the neck with .25 degree shim, supplied by me He told me he could do it. That was his first mistake. If the finishing work is too complex and you don't have the infrastructure for that complex a finishing job, don't take it in the first place. He quoted me at $1600. That was a little steep, but I know if I went through Pat Wilkinson or a bigger company, it would be considerably more. We agreed upon the price and he began work. The first warning sign was in our early text exchanges, he started giving me a little bit of an unprofessional attitude. Now, I admit, I am a bit neurotic when it comes to my instruments, but the types of texts I was sending him were little details like "oh I forgot to mention, please be careful when removing the old volume knob because the previous owner glued it on." He replied "this isn't going to be very fun with the daily texts..." My response was congenial and deferential, but that was a red flag. like, yes I'm being a bit thorough, but I'm paying you a lot to perform a service...a prerequisite to that service is not for it to be "fun" for you. That was definitely weird and unprofessional. I stopped contact for a while. He sent me some progress via some photos, which were looking pretty good, but I noticed the first major mistake. The little scoop in the rosewood at the end of the fretboard had clearcoat continuous with the finish on the white. He just left the old finish there with masking marks and clear chips to the original clearcoat. he was just going to leave it like that! I brought it to his attention, and then he just clearcoated in a straight line, ignoring the arc of the scoop! I then had to send him a guide so he could sand those edges down so the clearcoat followed the original shape. Bear in mind, these are small potatoes, but it was definitely a foreshadowing of what was to come. He sent the instrument back to me. Besides the fact that the relief was like ".018 like a bow and arrow, and I had to set the whole thing up from scratch, as soon as my eyes set on the instrument, the cosmetic flaws and DAMAGE on this brand new refinish began to present themselves. I will show a series of pressure dents, playing rash, globbing paint, and areas where the finish is rough like sand paper. This doesn't actually show the extent. there are dozens more imperfections. the more you look, the more you find. horrible masking errors like this one You get the picture. This was a $1600 restoration. this is totally unacceptable work. And that's JUST the finishing work. The following also happened. -he shielded the cavity which is all well and good, but if you notice, he put shielding on the rim where the plates go on which means, he technically shrank the size of the cavity. Consequently, he JAMMED the panels back on. I literally couldn't get them out. I took a tremolo spring and hooked it into one of the screw holes and pulled as HARD as I could until they popped out. I was lucky it didn't take a bunch of paint with it. I then had to diamond file the plastic panels down to size so I could safely replace and remove them. -he GLUED the shim in place so now if I ever want to remove it, it's impossible. -....he didn't let the finish cure before installing the neck. I took the bolts off to try and see if I could remove the shim because it looked glued in in the photos...the neck is STUCK on there permanently because the uncured finish bonded with the body finish. So now i'll need to pay a luthier to carefully razor blade inside the neck pocket to free the neck, and who knows how he will remove the shim. So, needless to say, this repair was a completely botched job. I wrote Jonny Long a long email complete with these photos, giving him a run-down of the issues, why they're issues, and what to look out for next time he tries to take a job like this. I remained polite, and went out of my WAY to say I wasn't asking for any money back, and that I wasn't trying to give him any problems, but as a paying customer, had to bring this stuff to his attention. No apology. No acknowledgement. He just disappeared and I never heard from him again. Thanks for reading everyone. BUYER BEWARE. The HOBO DEPOT can definitely NOT handle refinish or restoration work. He bit off more than he could chew. He should NOT have taken the job. I wish I could recommend him for a rewire or pickup swap, but even that he botched with the shielding so really, I can't in good conscience recommend his services. Nice guy, well-meaning, but I'm sorry to say he was unprofessional, did an unacceptable job, and disappeared without so much as an apology when politely confronted.