Howdy, everyone. I've been a long time lurker and I just love this forum. I apologize if this is in the wrong section, I searched and couldn't find what I was looking for. I have never bought vintage gear before and now I am looking at a '78 P-Bass and need some opinions. 1. The guy is asking $1400 for it and the finish is REALLY beat up. I love the look of it, but don't want the seller to know that. I have seen very well preserved basses from the same era going for less on ebay. Is that a fair price? Or is the finish moot for vintage gear? 2. What are the kinds of things that I should be looking for when buying a vintage instrument? What have your experiences been with buying old gear? Thanks, everyone!