(If you want to skip straight to the finished money shots, go here) Hi All, This Fender Squire P-Bass was recently left as a donation at my local Hackspace, I was quick to grab it as a project bass. Unfortunately its previous owner must have thought it would be cool to 'torture' it. The Good Pick ups seem in good condition Most the hardwear, especially the bridge are in very good condition Solid maple neck 3 apparent original tuners The Bad Neck has been 'defretted' with scratches where some frets have been wrenched out Body paint/lacquer scratched and broken in many places Half the electronics missing Non original scratchplate, most the holes don't line up, didn't stop the previous owner ramming it on. The Ugly Body has been used to put out fag ends, even found a fag end under a pick up Previous owner has 'scratched' some sort of flame design into the body Someone has actually tried to 'distress' the head by burning it 'S' in squire has been scratched off Massive chunk taken out of one of the edges. The Plan Talkbass is a great resource, pretty much all the questions I could ask about the technical side of fixing up this bass have been answered. Things like how to go about filling in dinks and repainting. I plan to fill and sand the bass down to a point where its easy to repaint, I don't fancy trying to strip the paint all the way off with it being a plywood body. I quite fancy a similair paint job to this - http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass/axl-badwater-capricorn-electric-bass-guitar/423728000901000 Partly because it would help to hide some of the previous damage if I don't get as nice a finish as I would like. I think I will reshape the headstock to remove the burnt section completely. My main boggle, is what to do with the neck. Should I finish off the defret job, fill the slots with a contrasting wood veneer and epoxy it, or should I order some fret wire and go about restoring it to how it was? My main concern is that the slots are fairly rough where someone has yanked the frets out.