Well after looking for a long time trying to find a used Skyline Duck Dunn I gave in and just ordered a new one. It arrived today and what started out as eager childlike anticipation quickly turned to dissappointment. The neck has 6 rather large drops of whatever they used to finish the neck with, the fretwires are all discolored and tarnished, the plastic on the pickguard is all marfed up and the binding on the neck is filthy kinda like dark oily residue. This is my 5th Skyline. I owned 2 44-02 deluxes,a Joe Osborn and a Scheff and all were impeccable. Has anyone had a problem like this before or do you think it left Lakland fine and this crap happened somewhere else? Just curious what, if anything other people have experienced with the Skyline line Paul UPDATED TO INCLUDE THE RESOLUTION OF MY ISSUE IF YOU DON'T WANNA READ THROUGH THE WHOLE THREAD HERE IT IS Allright heres the deal. I went to the Lakland factory today. I met with Dan Lakin as well as a bunch of other employees and every one of them were cool as hell. After showing the bass to Dan he agreed that it was totally unacceptable, apologized and promptly handed to one of the techs personally who then stopped what he was working on and started working on my bass. Every single issue I had was addressed and taken care of. I even got to wait around and got to talk with Dan for a bit. I wasn't sure what to expect when I got there but I have to say I was treated like a valued customer from the moment I walked in. I got the feeling that it wasn't even about the money that I spent. He didn't take care of it in order to keep a happy customer and therefore make more money, he did it because it was the right thing to do and he wants a happy bass player as much as a happy customer. As I looked around the place and saw all the celebrities instruments and high dollar USA series basses it was clear that my Skyline issue could have been shrugged off, after all I'm a non gigging father of 3 who plays for his own enjoyment. No celebrity status. No industry pull. This was made clear to them before I came in with my bass. Nonetheless when I walked in you would have thought I had all the status and pull in the world. In short I was treated like I mattered. Like my single purchase of there least expensive line of basses was as big a concern than some celebrity who needed his bass to gig in Madison Square Garden that night. Kudos to Dan and everyone at Lakland for not only making the products they do but for making it right when things go wrong. Keep in mind this was all done in less than 24 hours after opening the box. All in all pretty impressive. To the guy who was told the store had to "argue" with Lakland, I gotta say after meeting Dan I can't even imagine him arguing with anybody about an issue with something he put his name on. The dude was all about making it right and keeping me happy. I have NEVER gotten this kind of response from a company about anything. I guess that's why there are so many "rabid", "Fan Boy" , or whatever other moniker you want to put on em, Lakland supporters here on TB.