I went to a shop today and the following took place. I was told they just got in a brand new 2004 Fender American Deluxe Jazz V Alder/Maple in 3 Tone-sunburst. i gave a call when i was at work about 2'oclock to ask them about it.. and they told me the above.. i got the guys name, some kid who'd been working there for only 3 weeks. When i got there.. about 5ish.. i asked for the guy i talked to on the fone and when i said 'hey i gave you a call about that bass in the window' "oh yeah cool man, thanks for comming in!" 'no worries, so what you amps you got in stock today?' "everything man, eden, GK, Peavey, you name it we got it" 'cool can i try out that jazz with a GK Head, Eden Cab?' "try what?" 'umm the jazz fiver? the one i called about?' "oh no way dude, thats for pros only, sorry dude, cant do it" 'wheres your manager?' anyway after that very annoying and irritating conversation i got a chance to sit down with the bass through a GK 700 + Eden 2x10XST. Heres what i noticed. 1.) for a "new" 2004 model, it had a 5-in-a-line headstock, not the 4-over-1 2.) very very sticky neck.. maybe it wasnt wiped down? 3.) dead strings.. i thought they were flats, i looked closer and saw dud rounds 4.) battery was on its way out as i played it. 5.) one of the weakest B's ive ever played, it didnt match the consistency of the A, D, G strings, even the E didnt sound so good. Now heres where it gets worse.. he askes me what i thought and i said great bass i guess (since i was really fond of the 4 string version ive played in other stores) but i cant stand the B string.. its just not doing it for me so he goes. "No worries champ, that string is just dead, ill throw in a free set of strings for ya, how about that?!" i tried to explain that i was very sure it wasnt the string alone. and after i couldnt get through i decided to leave, he stopped me on the way out and goes.. hey man i bet this is outta tune.. you just hang back.. i bet it will be a completely different bass when i give it back.. i waited and when he brought it back.. it was significantly tighter across all strings.. and the action had risen a bit, not much but definitly noticable... something seemed funny.. so i pulled out my phone.. my drummer sent me a program that you can install in newer fone models.. its a guitar tuner.. so i said.. okay whats going on here.. Techincally a stock 5 string should be tuned B,E,A,D,G This was now tuned to D,G,C,F,Bb.. good lord.. i couldnt believe this.. i gave it back and walked out.... Im not really gonna rant about fender basses.. they will like most basses suck when they are setup poorly. so i didnt get a good chance to consider it.. do any of you guys get this kind of pathetic service??!!