I just picked up a brand new G&L L-2500. This is both my first G&L instrument, and the first factory new instrument I've purchased in probably 20 years. I almost always buy used simply for the value and resale potential. Anyway, I have the following issues/comments about the instrument I hope someone can help me with. * Though I purchased it new last week, the QA stamp on the back is March 2008. * The instrument was shipped extremely detuned. I'm not sure if that's normal practice or not. * The instrument has an absolutely horrible setup and/or a neck issue. Specifically anything fretted above about the 9th fret rattles heavily, and sometimes nearly frets out. * The output on this thing is just insanely high and overpowering. I have other active instruments and this thing just crushes when run at full output volume. If I turn the output volume down about 1/3 or so then it seems to be more on par with my other basses, or if I run it in parallel mode. Of course, the neck pickup is more prone to this than the bridge pickup. I know the output on these is known to be high, but it's really high. * Would it be too much to ask that they include a tiny placard or manual illustrating the switch and knob functions? I'm not sure what I should have realistically expected from a factory new instrument. But I guess I pictured pulling it from the box and having it not only look visually flawless (which it does) but play flawlessly as well. Instead the neck/setup is extremely disappointing. Is it normal to have to take a factory new instrument that retails for $799 and immediately take it to a shop for a setup?