Preface: I actually got this bass a week ago today, but hadn't posted a NBD thread because I've been having to make repairs to the bass... Alright, so here's the story. Last Monday I found a new, 2008 model, G&L Tribute SB-2 on clearance in a local shop for $399. I like G&L basses, I've found the build quality to be fantastic at the price point, and I'm fond of the MFD pickups. Additionally, the fretwork on this particular SB-2 was fantastic. The finish is black with some faint sparkle (really just looks black in most situations); black pickguard; and rosewood board. I didn't get the G&L bag because the shop "couldn't find it". Maybe they sold it? Either way, I was a dissapointed about that, but liked the bass enough that I wasn't going to pass it up over a bag. After getting the bass home and playing for a bit I notice some rattling, so I figured I would just tighten up the screws on the tuning heads and whatnot. It was then, that I realized the head was broken off one of the screws attaching the D string tuner to the headstock. I thought to myself, no biggie, I'll fix it later. As I went around the bass tightening up the screws (by hand, just snugging up any loose ones), I realized that about half of the pickguard screw holes were stripped. I removed my instrument cable without holding the pickguard down with my thumb (sort of a habbit), and sure enough! Half the pickguard came right off the body of the bass (all in one peice, but the screws just slipped right out of the stripped holes). Again, I think...well...time for some toothpicks and wood glue. I remove the whole guard, and guess what? There is a small green polising cloth in the control cavity! By this point I'm getting pretty frustrated. I start to think that this bass must have been purchashed, messed with extensively, and then returned. I check the entire body/neck for damage, but I can't find any. There was plastic on the pickguard and the stickers (CE or whatever) were still on the back of the neck/headstock...maybe it really was new? I just can't imagine that G&L quality control, which supposedly happens in the U.S., even for the tributes, would have missed all of this. I ended up taking the entire bass apart, and atleast the date on the heel of the neck (May 31 2008) matches the serial number, which indicates the bass was crafted in June 2008. I took off all of the tuners, removed the broken screw (that was a nightmare since it was broken off below the wood and was TINY), drilled bigger holes, and replaced all of the tuners using bigger #4 screws. I then filled all of the pickguard holes with toothpicks and wood glue, re-drilled them, and replaced the pickguard (leaving out my little polishing cloth friend). Hopefully this thing stays put together and I don't uncover anymore shoddiness. On a bright note, the bass set up wonderfully when this was all said and done. Hopefully I have a player for years to come. I'm still contemplating contacting G&L or the store I bought it from though...any thoughts on that topic? Oh, and I know...pics or no bass. As you can see, I've been a bit busy, but will get a pic up this evening.