Picked up a brand new Squier VM SS Jaguar bass a few years ago. Two of the pots didn't work straight out of the box. I just pulled'em and rewired the thing with better parts. Original electronics were junk. It was only $160 new I figured, and I didn't want to hassle with shipping it back when it was just going to come back with working junk that I'd have to pull at some point anyways. Having said that, I just bought a B-stock Ibanez acoustic/electric. $100 off on a $300 new guitar. It's got a tiny hair-width scratch in the fretboard that you can't even see from 3 feet away, and I figure that's why it got rejected by QC. Also has an "S" etched into the back of the headstock. Other than that it's in great shape. Yay for B-stock.