Only selling because there's a rare opportunity on a couple Mike Lull's in my area so if they sell, I'll pull this ad. That also means NO TRADES. So How can it be "better than new" tminus? Glad you asked. When I received this bass it had the dreaded fret spout. I took it to Mike Lull's shop to have the fret ends filed. While I was there, I said "what the hell, Plek it too" Before they can Plek any instrument, they do a simple water test to make sure the frets are glued in so that they don't move while the Plek machine is doing it's thing. Low and Behold! Ernie Ball is not gluing in the frets on these new specials. That's not a good thing in case you're wondering. So. This bass has had the fret ends filed and cleaned up, the frets are glued in as they should've been from the start and it has been Plek'd! Better than new! I know what you're thinking, "Wow! those Lull's must be pretty damn nice" You don't worry about that. Just hurry up and rip me off before I come to my senses. There isn't a mark on this bass. It isn't "as good as new", It's BETTER than new. If you don't care for the tort guard, it comes with the original black one and you can easily sell the tort here on TalkBass and return the bass back to a state of mediocrity. Currently strung with Ernie Ball Slinky 45-65-85-105-135. Action is low and plays...Wow! Some would say like butter but I don't even know what that means. Weight is 8lbs + a few ounces. Very comfortable. Yes I have the receipt that shows all the work done.