First let me say that I take VERY good care of my music equipment. That being said, look at all the damage my Korean Spector NS2000 "profesional" series has suffered. 1. A red wire had not been soldered on one of the volume knobs correctly. It must have been just barely touching becuase a week after I bought the bass one of my pickups stoped working. I opened up the back and saw this loose wire and had to buy a soldering gun and fix it. 2. A "chunk" of wood has chiped off my neck. It happened on the "edge" part of the neck right near the headstock peice by the E string. I saw what looked like a crack in it or a what I thought was a hair, I rubbed the "hair" and basically a chunk fell off. What the hell? 3. The "ridges" of the strings have made deep scratches into the fretboard on frets that I bend notes with. I do not press hard when bending and can only conclude the wood is cheap crap. 4. The back pannel (or plate) that hides all the wires and battery of the pickups on the back of the bass is this weird cheap plastic crap stuff that can scratch extremely easily. There are tons of scratches, very ugly looking. Brush your finger nail down it and you can make a big noticable scratch on this "plate." 5. Sometimes I use a felt pick and I used a paper towel to wipe up some felt dust on the pickups and the papertowl left scratches on the finish of the bass and I didn't press it down hard or anything. 6. There is already a place were a chip of paint fell off. (small but noticeable) This is not in a place were it was damaged but by how the "clear coating" of it looks, its more like a factory defect. I have only owned this bass 4 months and it looks like crap. I keep it up on a stand, use a case for transportation, and am very carefull and have never dropped the thing or banged it hard. My girlfriend actually made fun of me because I am so careful with it. I am very disappointed. I used to think Spector was a great name brand. I *was* thinking of buying a 5 string "Rebop" but now am thinking of a Fender Jazz 5 string instead. My friend who owns a Fender Jazz uses it for gigs and doesn't treat it well, yet it looks in better condition then mine.