I'm shopping around for a few more "interesting" or "unique" basses, basses with piezo pickups, short or medium scale, headless, different pickup combinations, hollow or semihollow, that kind of thing. After getting burned by a purchase recently (thankfully I could return it) and testing out all kinds of instruments at different pricepoints I think that I might have a problem with the level of fretwork that I come across on most instruments. You can usually find info on whether or not the fret ends are dressed nicely and if the frets are polished out of the factory, but since I come from a very spoiled position (Sandberg basses, they PLEK all of their instruments and have excellent fretwork) and since I am used to playing with a very low action I've been disappointed quite frequently with the actual levelling job on many basses. My preferred action, measured at the 24th fret with a capo on the first fret, is .045 .055 .070 .095 .125 from G to B with very "normal" round wound light gauge strings (040 or 045 sets), neck relieve set properly. My Sandberg took that action without a problem, my Maruszczyk bass was almost as good, I had to raise the action just a tiny bit compared to that, but on many new basses that action would be unplayable since there would either be a few frets or larger spots along the fretboard where it buzzes or chokes out. That's obviously because the frets in that area are either too high or too low since they weren't levelled precisely enough, so it requires a completely new fretjob (levelling and crowning). Expecting perfect fretwork on a 200€ bass is unreasonable, I get that. But buying a 400€-800€ instruments just to realize that the action needs to be set to .100 even on the G string, because otherwise it would buzz on one or two frets along the neck, is very frustrating. As is buying a bass for almost 2 grand just to realize that my preferred action is too low and keeps buzzing in a few spots. I've been very apprehensive about buying online now, and I'm pretty sure that most music stores also wouldn't let me fiddle around with the action of a bass that I haven't bought just to check out if it can take this low action, so my options are pretty much limited to Sandberg now since this is the only brand where I can be pretty damn sure that the fretwork will be excellent. So I'd love to hear recommendations on brands and basses at all pricepoints that have consistent, good fretwork. It doesn't need to be perfect on lower priced instruments, I'd be fine with setting the action to .060 on the G string (progressively going up) on a lower priced bass for example. tl;dr: At what pricepoint (probably not that good of an indicator) can I expect really good fretwork? Or rather, which brands are known for their excellent fretwork out of the box? I've been looking at Ibanez, asian made Spector and Supro basses specifically. And if my expectations are completely unreasonable I'd also like to know that, maybe I'm just too spoiled here.