I found this link which describes exactly the situation with the bass I described. http://www.ebay.com/gds/Guitar-Won-i...0711745/g.html
It's from an ebay post called "Guitar Won is Stamped USED ? & Serial Number Removed ??"
It describes exactly the situation with this Tacoma. It's about the Musical Instrument Reclamation Corporation of Franklin Tennessee, ( MIRCWEB dot com), that buys instruments and checks, repairs and reconditions instruments.
Worth Reading, especially for anyone who buys on Ebay. SOme sellers may not always disclose this.
Very interesting stuff.