Originally Posted by Tck13
So, I sold the bass on ebay ($150) and this is the (2nd) email I've gotten from the buyer.
Does what he's saying make any sense? I played the guitar and it seemed fine. I have no idea what he's talking about.
THERE IS A BOW IN THE NECK WHICH MAKES IT A USELESS INSTRUMENT UNLESS U JUST WANT TO LOOK AT IT. YOU KNOW AS WELL AS I DO THE PICTURES WOULDN'T SHOW A WARPED NECK. IT IS ONLY REPAIRABLE (MAYBE) BY TAKING THE FRET BOARD OFF AND FREEING UP THE TRUSS ROD ETC. WHY WOULD I PAY 4 OR 5 HUNDRED DOLLARS WORTH OF REPAIR ON A 150 DOLLAR GUITAR. IF IT PLAYED SO GOOD YOU SHOULD LOVE TO HAVE IT BACK THEN. I'LL GET IT READY TO SHIP.
Well if it's just a bow, that's normal, but if it's warped, yes it does make the instrument pretty much useless. The neck is warped if it bows in two different directions in one location or if one part of the neck is bowed toward the strings and another is bowed away from them. I believe that this issue is a lot more common with basses than it is with guitars. I would think you would have noticed it before you sold it, but if you didn't play the bass much and/or don't play bass regularly, I supposed it's possible that you missed it.
If it were me and I sold a bass that was advertised as having zero neck issues and it in fact had a warped neck, I'd feel obliged to accept the return. You might want to ask him to verify with a luthier, since if he's just deducing this on his own, he could be wrong.
Best of luck.