My blood pressure is raising as I write this. I wanted this particular luthier to de-fret a bass and epoxy the fingerboard so I could use roundwound strings and not damage it (previously had flatwounds on it). $200 for de-fretting and $50 for the epoxy job with a 4-6 week turnaround. No problem. The man in question is an older gentleman and his shop has a 5 star rating on google reviews. I figured my baby was in great hands seeing as this guy has probably been in the game for decades. I went to pick it up today after he had my bass for nearly two months. Still not really a problem, however in that time he: - broke a G string - made me pay for the new strings when he discovered he had no long scale flatwound G strings in his inventory (tack $25 on the price tag) - replaced them with the wrong gauge (mediums instead of medium-lites) Alright, whatever, I can look past that. I wasn't stoked about it but I'm not going to throw a fit over it. I planned on throwing some roundwounds on it when I got it back anyway. I am frustrated though, seeing as I explicitly told him over the phone the exact gauge of each string in a set of medium-lites. Also I now have a set of flatwounds sans G string and I guess it's up to me to find a replacement (tack another ~$12 on to the price tag). But wait, there's more! - he expoxied the neck instead of the fretboard He didn't even take the neck off- there's a missed spot in the epoxy near the neck plate so this guy can't even mess up correctly. When I originally got the bass, the first thing I did was sand down the back of the neck to get rid of the gloss because I can't stand the feel of it. I'm pissed. When I picked it up I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me when I saw the fingerboard with no finish (or oil finish). I figured maybe this guy was on some next level stuff as far as the materials he was using (listen man, idk). I've never taken a bass to a luthier before so this is new to me. It wasn't until I got back home that I saw the neck had gloss on it instead of the fingerboard and it clicked in my head that the guy had it completely backwards. I can't disparage his set up, and it looks great, but it's not what I wanted. The problem I have is that this guy is located about 80 miles from me (the price tag is sprouting wings at this point) and I really don't want to drive there and back once more and leave it with him for god know how much longer. Plus he's pissed me off. What would you do in my shoes? I'm now 100 unnecessary dollars deeper into a project that I'm not satisfied with. Should I ask for the $100 back? One mistake is fine. Two mistakes and I'm still coolin. But three mistakes on my dime is b*llsh!t. Curious to hear your thoughts, thank you.