Eyargh! I'm just posting this topic to vent where people understand instead of saying "Saddles? Truss rod? What are you talking about?" Ok, I send my bass with pickups and preamp to be installed by this guy at my dad's work on Friday. I picked it up today. 5 days to do a pickup/preamp change -- the only reason I didn't take it back at the end of Monday and get a pro to do it was because he was doing it for free and knew what he was doing. Or at least, let's hope so (and if he screwed it up, it's my own damn fault for not having a pro do it). If I'd known it would take FIVE DAYS, I would've just paid someone to do it, but that's over with. Now, the new knob config calls for two stacked knobs. Fine. I called this store in the same town last night, asking if they had any in stock. The guy says yes, they have them in stock. I get there today, irritated beyond belief, and the guy there now says they don't have any in stock and don't carry them regularly. Then he was all sarcastic until my father and I left. Prick. We get home (note that at this point, I leave the christmas present for my dad in the bag on the table and go get the dog to take it, and when I get back, it's gone -- takes me 10 minutes of pure and utter frustration to find it), and I start to restring the bass with the old D'addarios. Now, the string is ridiculously low and I lost the allen key that adjusts the saddles months ago. Seeing as how I was putting a Badass II on later anyway, I just put that on (since I still have that key). It's all on, and I start to string up with the new strings (TI JR344s). I adjust the string height to the maximum the saddle will go, but it's still way too low at the 1st-3rd frets. So I look around in my allen key set for an allen key to adjust the truss rod, and there isn't one. Now, one might fit, but the damn thing is attached at the long end to a ring and the hooked end is too short to reach the rod. The hardware store here is closed for the night and won't be open tomorrow or boxing day, so yeah, I'll have been without a bass for a week, with mass frustration building up to some kind of nervous breakdown climax later today. I know I should just relax and get over it, but no matter how many times I tell myself that it doesn't make the situation any less frustrating.