I've always wondered why some people consider some instruments to be made "better" than others (I'm not looking to go down the whole "its not better, just different" road.). I've never had a bass fall apart on me or anything, and I can't see playing a bass for 20 years and not expecting any problems to happen. When people talk about build quality, I can't think of any standard besides unsightly glue lines or imperfect neck pockets. So what are the things you look for when you have a bass in your hands and judge it's build quality. Also, it interests me as to whether you consider these merely cosmetic or structural issues. Personally, I look at the neck pocket, the quality of the finish and the contact surfaces between the hardware and the wood.