Just got a Sratch n Dent Ibanez ATK from Musicians Friend. $500 for an Ibanez ATK 750qm Antique Burst. Visual inspection shows a factory finish flaw on the lower horn. There appears to have been some putty used at the intersection of the maple top and the body. There is an area about a square centimeter, under the clear coat, of a body-colored putty. I am pretty sure this would have made this "B" stock if caught by Ibanez, but it was sold to me as a SnD. I can probably live with this as it saves me $200. The BIG problem is that there is a fundamental flaw in the tone of the A-string. I am a 20 year guitar player and dont have much experience with basses. It sounds like a wonky sitar sound when played open and in the first 9 frets. (Sitar sound decreases gradually towards 9th fret.) Inspecting the string does not show any rattle or contact with frets. This is not fret rattle. Also as it happens with freted notes so I dont believe it is a problem with the nut. It appears that there is some weird fundamental resonance coming from somewhere in the guitar. Putting my ear against the guitar I hear it through the length. At the head stok it is more trebly or raspy (maybe louder) and in the body it is deeper, so Im not sure exactly where it is coming from. any suggestions? Only thing I can think is that the bass is complete junk or there is a defective string.