NO bass is perfect. If the neck is good, no dead spots and the instrument vibrates nicely with good zing and note balance you're way ahead of the game. If I have those things, I couldn't give a monkey's whether a pickup is a little angled down in a big-assed cavity with a chrome bracket around it. If this guy wants a Ric and the instrument is otherwise good i sure as heck wouldn't advise him to send it back and wait an indeterminant time for another uncertainty (which every instrument is). I don't know, maybe you buy instruments to put in a glass case.