My new Sterling Albert Lee AL40 strat arrived yesterday and I found that the compartment where the bridge pickup sits is broken. The wood in this area is pretty flimsy as well and is cracked as the attached picture shows.
The guitar is made in Indonesia and is a cheaper version of the signature Music Man Albert Lee HH strat.
I'm new to electric guitars and I'm wondering what effect this will have on the sound. I like this guitar besides these defects and would rather keep it if this isn't a problem.
Should I return the guitar or is it a non issue? It looks like this now after I set it up myself: https://i.stack.imgur.com/2NTav.jpg
Thanks in advance for your input!