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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bleecker, Nov 25, 2020.

  1. Bleecker

    Bleecker Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2006
    Etown NY. USA
    I won a Hartke XK4 on eBay. It's been kind of a bucket list bass for my collection even though it wasn't the XL USA model I went for it anyway as it's a lot less $$. Its my first aluminum neck bass. Great right? Nope!

    I noticed the box was pretty small compared to other case-less basses I've received, and it had a small back curve to the box as well. The box also had "do not lay flat" written on it. Theses things were alarms to me, so as usual I took some pictures before/during unboxing.
    The short? Its broken it two! Bummed right I am...

    I have posted a return with the picture to eBay, hoping for the best.

    IMG_20201124_170532637.jpg IMG_20201124_171318201.jpg IMG_20201124_171432152.jpg
  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Weeeeeeeeell crap. That sucks.
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  3. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
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  4. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    How well was the bass supported and padded inside the box? It looks like there may have been next to no supportive structure (ie. Cardboard) around the headstock.
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  5. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    wow, that is a bummer. sorry for your disappointment, OP. seems to have broken/snapped at the weld?
  6. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    That sucks... if ever I ship W/O case I ALWAYS double box. Looks like it might be repaired, maybe with 2 hardwood dowels, but still :crying:

    (A natural choice for headless conversion?)

    Hope dealing with the aftermath goes smoothly for you.
  7. RichardW


    Feb 25, 2016
    near Philly

    You could always re-sell it as "road worn."
  8. Bleecker

    Bleecker Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2006
    Etown NY. USA
    Not much, the HS was wrapped in bubble wrap, nothing around the neck...I've had boxes like this inside another bigger box on basses Ive received.
  9. Bleecker

    Bleecker Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2006
    Etown NY. USA
    Thanks man. It looks cast to me where it broke, via the second pic. Thinner that I expected.
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  10. Bleecker

    Bleecker Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2006
    Etown NY. USA

    Thats the way to do it....and writing directions on the box is fairly useless given how many different could be handling the item.

    I don't plan to loose my money on this, we'll see though and I will post updates for sure.
  11. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    got it. i had to look up the instrument on the hartke site and it was described as a "welded" on headstock.

    but no matter, it's a bummer. i guess it's some consolation that you didn't spend big/any bucks. but that doesn't mitigate the disappointment. let us know how all of this plays out. good luck with it! :thumbsup:
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  12. LowRick


    Mar 24, 2019
    Needs tort

    But on a more serious note, That seriously is a bummer. Waste of a perfectly fine instrument. Boxing it like that doesn't show much sense... Hope you'll get it right.
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  13. Bleecker

    Bleecker Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2006
    Etown NY. USA
    Ok. I did't know that, thanks. The break 'looks' like cast but I ain't no expert, I just wanted to play the dang thing! Lol.
    I'll update as needed.
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  14. Bleecker

    Bleecker Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2006
    Etown NY. USA
    Hahaha! This place loves there Tort!
  15. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    eBay will take care of you. They are very buyer friendly. Just be cordial in your responses.

    Packaged that way, I am not convinced the seller will get paid through an insurance claim with the carrier. The last few basses I shipped out (two FedEx and one UPS), the counter clerk was very thorough in checking out the packaging before agreeing to accept it.
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  16. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    OUCH! Almost looks like the headstock was sawed off. Best of luck on getting satisfaction. You should have a cut & dry case.
  17. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    ... wow ,
    wrong sized box , crappy packaging ...
    what could possibly go wrong ??
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  18. telecopy


    Dec 6, 2009
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  19. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    You may get lucky through ebay, they almost always side with the buyer.

    Based on that packaging, though, the seller is likely SOL.
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  20. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    That’s totally a packaging failure. It never had a chance.
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