To anyone who's still interested, I actually did end up buying this bass, despite an overwhelming recommendation to avoid it haha
honesty, I'm quite glad I did. I'll try and clear things up as well as I can
Definitely a refinish, and not a very good one at that. The colour underneath appears to be a wine red type of colour. I'm assuming it's a fender body but I honestly have no idea. It's heavier than my Fender MIM P Bass
Seems pretty legit to me, but I wouldn't really know. Doesn't look like a decal has been put on by the seller. If so, he's done a pretty good job. Also pretty beat up, particularly the binding running down the neck. Tuners are definitely after market, and they don't fit the on the neck very well.
All seems fine. Pickups sound good. Bridge is nice and adjustable, no rusty screws. No scratchy pots
Overall, I'm pretty pleased with this bass. Sounds really sweet, I love the sound you get when you really dig your fingers in with everything up full. Personally, I'd prefer using a Precision bass for heavier rock styles, but this works great for pretty much anything where a jazz is used on the recording.
There's definitely a few things that I don't like, or had to adjust when I got it. The pickups weren't even slightly adjustable, totally stuck in place. Sorted that by placing foam under the pickups. Pickguard doesn't fit properly, but I'll be getting that replaced soon. Also sounds pretty unbalanced. The E string is a lot quieter than the other three strings, but again, that can be fixed.
I think for £370, which would get you a new squier jazz or a used fender mexican jazz, it's a good bass for the money, just needs a bit of work
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