I know that there have been plenty of threads regarding Fender basses and quality...so...I figure I'll throw in my two cents. I rent a teaching studio at the local Fender dealer. Yesterday morning they got in a batch O' basses, all Fender : Americans,MIM's,3 Highway One basses, and a Geddy Lee. They've had a Marcus on the floor for a while now. Anyway, they were all terribly unplayable. Granted, none of them had been set up...but, the Geddy Lee was AMAZING right out of the box! GIG READY! Same for the Marcus, the day it came in, without an in store set up. I'm not bashing Fender basses. I want to be buried with a Fender J bass when i die. But...what gives ? Why do the 2 signature basses arrive in PERFECT condtion, and the rest (the bulk of the order) are literally unplayable. Do they ship from different locations? P.S. I didn't bother to ask the salesmen there because I'm not sure they'd know a P bass from a banjo.