New bass not as pictured on site

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dnp41, Jul 20, 2021.

  1. dnp41


    May 10, 2016
    Hi Guys,

    I just received my Lakland DJ-5 bass in natural maple. It plays great, sounds great, frets and neck are great (although the fret ends stick out a little more than I would like). But the strange thing is.. It came with mother of pearl block inlays in the neck instead of the black one as shown on the site. It looks a little odd to me.

    I bought this bass in a sale for only 1050 euro (instead of the list price of 1750 - other retaillers sell it for aroung 1500). Should this not bother me?
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  2. Blackjac97


    May 27, 2012
    What site did you buy this from? Was that price the seller's asking price or did you negotiate for that lower price?
  3. dnp41


    May 10, 2016
    I bought it from Bax Shop (a respectable dutch retailer) in their super summer insane discount day (or whatever they call it). So no negotiation, I was looking for a DJ-5 and couldn't not pull the trigger for such a low price.
  4. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    Only you can answer that question. If the inlay is of great importance to you, then call the dealer and see if they will accept a return or offer a discount for the misrepresented item. If it's not important, then who cares?
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  5. Blackjac97


    May 27, 2012
    I have never seen a natural Lakland with pearl blocks in the neck. If it's not the neck in the picture, they misrepresented the item to you, and you deserve a refund.
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  6. Ricky Rioli

    Ricky Rioli

    Sep 29, 2020
    Given my experiences of Bax, receiving something vaguely approximating what you paid for is a real result. Respectable maybe, hopeless definitely.
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  7. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    I agree that it's odd and that you should be bothered. Bring it to their attention and see what they say.

    I'd be interested to see photos.
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  8. Blackjac97


    May 27, 2012
    I would be curious about serial #s as well. If there's a different neck, then maybe you got a bass with a different serial # than the one that was listed.

    It's possible the operators of the shop threw a different model of bass in with other similar-looking Laklands, unaware that it was actually a different model.

    Was the listing for that bass specifically, like when buying used, or was it like sweetwater where you're buying and they send you the next one out of their stock?

    Even if that's the case, it doesn't mean the problem shouldn't be corrected for you.
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  9. Blackjac97


    May 27, 2012
    In other words, they may not have swapped necks on that bass, but given you an entirely different bass. Are there any "landmarks" in the grain on the body that you can match to the photos?
  10. Blackjac97


    May 27, 2012
    This as well, some pics from the listing and pics of the bass in person from you would help some people who are more well versed in bass ID figure out the exact nature of the negligence you were victim to :D

    Okay, last message in a row, not trying to spam.
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  11. I mean, this isn't in definite "dealbreaker" territory as far as I can tell. Especially if it is indeed the right bass that you ordered. But it's odd, and the shop should, at the very least, try to offer some explanation for what happened, and attempt to address your concerns
  12. LowNloud1

    LowNloud1 Commercial User

    Jun 11, 2012
    Wilmington NC
    I am a hobbyist making stone picks that I sell but mostly give away. They made me do this anyways.
    Pearloid blocks are an upgrade over black dots. I think you got an improvement for the same price. I'd be happy with it!
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  13. Hurricane Jimmie

    Hurricane Jimmie Supporting Member

    So Anyway, you know the TB rule....Pictures or it didn't happen! :laugh:

    Considering the discount, the different inlays wouldn't bother me too much. I'd be more concerned with how it played and the ergonomics. Does it feel like a good 'fit' for you?
  14. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    Pearl blocks would be a nice surprise, IMO.

    Also: no pictures = you bought a Barbie dollhouse.
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  15. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    I’ve never seen a DJ with dots. Did they use the correct picture in the listing? You can tell by the curved control plate.
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  16. Blackjac97


    May 27, 2012
    Don't think OP said there were dots on the bass in the pic. I think listing showed black blocks.
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  17. dnp41


    May 10, 2016

    Here is a picture. The picture online was a stock picture so not of the actual bass itself. I'll post some more pictures when I have a little more time
  18. dnp41


    May 10, 2016

    It feels great. Much better then the Ibanez 5er I have (SR1605 I believe). It's also not really that heavy.
    My experience with them hasn't been too bad. Not the best online seller ever. They will just sell you the box the factory send them without taking much of a look. Also they will give me a full refund if I'd decide not to keep the bass so there is no risk. My question is more, should it bother me
  19. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    You are crazy if you don't keep it for the price you got it. That's great looking wood.
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  20. Blackjac97


    May 27, 2012
    It would bother me.

    They definitely stuck a different neck on a DJ5 body.

    If the bass was sold to you as new, it could mess up your warranty (not familiar with the Lakland warranty), if you run into an issue where you need it, you'll provide the serial and Lakland will say "don't know what you're smoking but that serial doesn't go to a DJ5 natural."

    Also, to me it looks jarring, because the black pickguard clashes with the white binding and pearls. Maybe it would look better with a white or pearl pickguard.

    The seller pulled something shifty on you. If you like the bass enough you don't need to let it bother you, for those reasons or any other.
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