Hey all, I got a pretty decent deal on this bass, and although it needs some work, I am excited to get it up and running. Cosmetically rough, but plays and sounds GREAT. My assessment of it being a '74 is based on the serial number; there is no neck date stamp, and I don't know enough about old fenders to determine if the other stamps on the neck heel mean anything. http://www.flickr.com/photos/75253782@N08/sets/72157637130923754/ I appreciate any comments or thoughts you guys have on the bass, or any advice on my restoration plans, which include the following: 1. refinish (very lightly relic) in either olympic white, fiesta red, or sonic blue. I already have a 62 P in SB and a Custom Shop 64 Jazz in FR, so I'm kind of leaning toward a twin for the P or just going w/ OW so I have one of each. I'm thinking of using this guy for the refin: http://mjtagedfinishes.com/colorgallery_olywhite.html You probably notice the heavy scratches on the front. I plan to lightly sand the whole thing before sending off for the refin, but I wonder if I should try to use a bit of wood-filler before sanding? 2. Replace tuners. 1 is not original and some of them seem to not work very smoothly. Maybe a little sewing machine oil would fix them? 3. One of the block inlays has come out. a bit of superglue maybe? 4. Replace nut. I think everything else is original. Neck PU sounds fatter than other JB's I've played, and bridge PU sounds more nasal than my Custom Shop Jazz. I'll replace the offending middle knob, and install a thumbrest / tug bar and a bridge cover (I love the look of the PU covers, but find them a bit obtrusive since I like to play over the neck PU). I haven't had any previous experience with 70's Fenders, and I know that opinions on quality and playability are generally pretty divided, but I think this is going to be a sweet, vibey, mostly- vintage tone machine when I am done.