To return or not to return…

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Captain Chaos, Oct 25, 2021.

  1. I just got a new bass and it’s got two imperfections, you can’t tell unless you look really close. Other than that it plays amazing and has great tone. What would you guys do?

  2. west al

    west al Road Rex Supporting Member

    What kind of bass is it?
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  3. Fender player Jazz bass with flame maple top
  4. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    It sounds and plays amazing? Keep it.
  5. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    It would bother me, but if I was happy with the tone and playability, I’d get over it.
  6. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    There is an expectation that there should be no imperfections when a consumer buys a new product. With that being said, exchange it for one that does not have imperfections. It really is that simple. :thumbsup:
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  7. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    Also, I own one of these and mine has zero imperfections. It plays, sounds, and looks wonderful. You should settle for nothing less if you are the original purchaser.

  8. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    Oh what a lovely bass :) @Warpeg.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2021
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  9. OldSchoolFlats


    May 29, 2021
    I would go with my own subjective take. If it really annoyed me, I would return it. If I was "feelin' the love" I would keep it.
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  10. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    If I felt it was necessary to get the opinion of others, I'd take that as a sign that I was leaning towards returning it.
  11. Would live with it - And, I would ask for a discount.

    She's freakin' gorgeous!!! :thumbsup::bassist:
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  12. Ihaveshingles


    Dec 24, 2018
    Maybe on something more expensive you should expect that guarantee, not for $799....
    Why is everybody expecting flawless instruments for under 1K these days?

    Edit: $679 at GC
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  13. JDA04OSU

    JDA04OSU Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2016
    Columbus, OH
    I might be able to live with minor blemishes on a relatively low budget instrument. That said, it should absolutely be the expectation of the buyer of a brand new instrument that it will be mint, unless advertised otherwise (B-stock, floor model, etc). And in fairness, $700 is a substantial amount of money to many people. As others have said, it just depends on your tolerance level. If it’s not a huge hassle to exchange it, you might as well.
  14. Sounds and feel A-OK? Keeper :)
  15. BobKos

    BobKos Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2007
    Good playability and good tone trump cosmetics for me. You are the winner by having playability and tone iMO. Sooner or later you'll put your own marks on it anyways. I think Ihaveshingles has it right.
  16. I'm with you on this exactly, if were purchasing this Jazz. Well said.
  17. eric_B


    Apr 19, 2015
    The Netherlands
    I agree with @OldSchoolFlats. And maybe try to get a discount if you keep it.

    BTW: I don't think price should be an excuse for issues with a brand new instrument, just keep expectations realistic - and I don't consider your Fender cheap.

    I did buy a cheap new Harley Benton PB-20 for € 89 ($100).
    Cheap tuners (although they keep in tune fine), cheap bridge, cheap stock strings, cheap pots, the pickguard had some rough edges, etc.
    I expected this and did some upgrades, a complete setup and it's a pretty decent instrument now.

    But the finish looked fine, no blemishes whatsoever - and those would be a lot harder / more expensive to fix.
    So I wouldn't except issues with that.
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  18. Gormsgade


    Jun 17, 2005
    If you're in doubt, you're not in doubt!
  19. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    I'd contact the seller and ask for their opinion on the matter and the options they'd offer.
    Maybe a discount, maybe throw something in to sweeten the deal (strap, cables, strings), or a return.

    See what they offer and ask yourself then.
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  20. bobba66


    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
    I would run it through my tree chipper in a fit of rage.:woot:
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