So about two weeks ago I ordered a Michael Kelly ST-AB5 (solid top 5 string acoustic bass guitar). $340 plus free shipping. Ordered it on a Friday, recived it the next Friday, shipped from New Jersey to Califoria. The neck needed adjustment and the strings were a little tarnished, but I though over all the fit and finish was plenty acceptable for the price range. Not perfect, a few minor spots that had been sanded down to smooth things out and a couple places where the gloss finish wasn't pefect, but nothing that I noticed that would affect playing. So I tried pluging it into my amp to see how it sounded, but there was nothing. Ok, maybe a new battery, nope, nothing still. Lame, broken output... Call up American Musical supply, talk to the rep and have them send another. I told him it took a week for the last one to arive and ask if it could be speed up somehow, so he gives me 2 day shipping free. Very cool. Shipped on Monday, the replacement shows up Wensday, even before the sticker to ship the old one back. Open it up, ***... Looks like something you'd expect to be sold as a Factory blemished bass. Theres glue spead out on the fret board and the nut its scraped up. The groove in the nut for the g string was too deep, so someone sloppily filled it with glue as a fix. If I was to have seen this in a store I definitely wouldn't by it. The neck is much better than the last one and the ouput works, but what a sloppy glue job, not to mention the problem with the nut at the g string. Call them back, tell the the problem, and now I have two basses sitting in my room waiting to be returned... He asked if I want yet another one sent out, nope, I don't have any room for another bass. After I sent these back, I'm not sure if I'll order another either. The first one I would be happy with if the neck was adjusted, which isn't a big deal, and the output worked. The second looks and was put together like crap. I'm not sure I'll buy another instrument online again, but I have yet to see this, or any MK instrument in a store. I've seen two other 5 string AGB's, an Ibanez that was quite nice, but $150 bucks more, and a used Dean that I wasn't too impressed with that I think cost $200-$220. I was planing on getting an acoustic guitar this summer, but now I'm starting to think I'll just pick one one now, cause at least they're availible in store. If I do order another MK ST-AB5, I don't know If I'll order through AMS again. I've heard good things about them before, but 2 unacceptable items already and they're located across the country. I can let the broken output pass, that could happen during shipping, but trying to send me such an unacceptable instrument as "new" when they give you the option to buy the same instument blemished for less is not cool with me. How frustrating and lame... I took some pics of both and maked a couple of sound clips fomr the one that workes, so I'll post these up soon.