I was afraid of creating a new thread as I'm worried about inviting the non-owner, anti-Ric trolls in (although the lemon I just received could admittedly fuel a Ric-flame thread for a dozen pages). But... what a letdown. An hour ago I skipped for joy as the Fedex man brought the glorious brown double-box to my office. Giving her a close inspection, it took me all of ten seconds to discover the sloppiest nut work I have ever seen (seriously, my school's CV P bass blows this away). The nut slot is cut WAY too narrow making the nut literally rest on top of the slot and there is a chip in the binding by the nut... please don't tell me this is normal. On top of that, the factory setup was AWEFUL. We're talking neck bow and stupid-high action. I wish this rant was over, but the pickups were wonky too. The bridge p'up was super quiet, while the neck p'up was distorting. At least 75% of this could be resolved by a proper setup, but c'mon, RIC!!! Getting an exchange next week (free shipping both ways). I'll stay optimistic and report back before changing my handle back to ryanfenderbass To be clear, I played new and vintage Rics in all colors at 4 different boutique shops on both sides of coast before saving almost a year to finally get this (potentially) awesome bass. They CAN be fine instruments and I'm hoping Zzounds will send me a good one soon. In the meantime, I seeking advice from REAL Ric owners as what to expect out of the box on my NBD do-over next week. Obviously, the nut issue is unacceptable, but what should I REALLY expect regarding fit and finish? I want to get my cost/value/expectations checked correctly while I patiently wait for my exchange. Thanks, all!