A friend with a group who does some blues, ragtime, old standards, etc asked if I was interested in playing upright bass with them (I play bass guitar). She had just purchased a used bass, so I thought I would give it a shot. I'm loving it, but my hands are trashed. Either I'm a complete wuss (certainly a possibility) or something is wrong. The tailpiece, bridge, and strings are quite a bit off-center. Knowing nothing about a double bass, and noticing the asymmetrically beveled fingerboard, I thought maybe this was somehow intentional. Now I'm having second thoughts. Looking at the attached pics, is there ANY reason that this would be intentional? or is it more along the lines that it was either dropped, bumped (hard) or someone tried to use it for a step ladder????