I have had GAS for a vintage semi-hollow or hollowbody for some time now. Unfortunately my dream bass (Gibson EB2D) is way out of my price range! I came across an Epiphone EA-260 online. These were made in the early 70's in Japan, and consequently are not generally highly thought of. That said I came across quite a few comments from people that liked theirs, and when set up right, are actually pretty good for the money. So I agreed a price of £315 plus a new set of flats for £40, including a set up. The shop selling it was too far for me to go look at it in person. It turned up today. The good news is that the general condition is very good for a 40 year old hollowbody bass. Unfortunately the restring and setup is not so good. The shop clearly didn't measure the strings already on the bass to figure out the correct string length to order as the short scale ones provided are way too short. The silk covered sections, start way before the nut. Also the strings start tapering before they reach the nut. They are clearly not right for the bass, yet the idiots in the shop fitted them and shipped it anyway. Amazing. This model did fairly commonly have a problem where the neck sits too low in the neck pocket to get a low action. A fellow TB member did say adding a shim was easy enough. Obviously whoever did the setup at the shop felt it needed raising, but seems to have done this simply by loosening two of the bolts in order raise the end of the neck in the pocket. Can't see a shim in there. Also could anyone who owns one of these confirm that the selector switch is supposed to work in the standard way i.e. mid position powers both pickups? On mine the up and mid positions seem to power the neck pickup only (tone changes slightly), and the down position the bridge pickup, which is way louder than the neck. If so I obviously need to get someone to look at the wiring. I will already need to find someone local to me to fit a new nut, as the current one is cracked (something the seller never mentioned), and fit a correct set of strings - I'm a novice at working on instruments so I'd rather get someone experienced to do the job properly. I have of course complained to the shop. Haven't heard back yet. I'd like to get the issues sorted rather than return it, as I love the looks, and think it would sound and play pretty well once the issues are sorted. I would also imagine that not too many of these come up for sale these days. So sadly it's been a pretty disappointing experience. Hopefully I can turn it around into a more positive one, although it may have to wait until the new year now before I can do much with it.