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Posted by J Greene on December 17, 2001 at 00:22:31:

I'm a beginner and just purchased a Becker student spruce top bass, then took it to the local bass tech and had it set, work done on fingerboard, etc. Now my instructor says that the bass size is not right. He measured all the other 3/4 basses in the store and states they are all 14" from the nut to 4th position and the intonation at the 14" (4th position) is not the 4th and is not right. I played a bass with correct intonation and it made more sense. My bass measures 15" and I cannot just go up the fingerboard and easily get to 4th position. I'm taking the bass back to the store where I bought it (not the instructor's store) and I'm really disappointed I have a bass that is not in a normal type of intonation. Is it reasonable to request a replacement? They want to adjust the bridge, so there goes the money I spent having the technician set up the bass. Any suggestions?

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