Hello fellow TB'ers, I have found what seems to be a great deal on a j-bass of this vintage, but I thought I would share some photos and all I know about it with you knowledgeable folks in hopes of validating my interest in said instrument (or retreating if it's a bum deal): Photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/75253782@N08/sets/72157637130923754/ What seller has told me about bass (I have not seen it in person due to distance, which is the main reason for my posting here): 1. pickguard is likely a (very old) repro 2. one of the tuning machines is non-original 3. nut is not original and looks to have been installed poorly (although playable) 4. not sure if this is an original natural finish or was stripped to make it natural 5. To seller's knowledge, everything else is original, the neck is straight, and the bass has a lovely growl. Seller seems like a straight-up guy, I just have a hard time buying anything without a chance to play it first. Does $1350 seem like a decent price to you guys? 1974 is my birth year, and I could use a vintage J, so I appreciate your input before I pull the trigger. Another related question: If the finish (or lack thereof) is indeed original, would I hurt the value by refinishing to perhaps match this beauty? http://www.flickr.com/photos/75253782@N08/sets/72157637130876145/ The P bass had already been (badly) refinished when I got it, so I didn't figure it would hurt the value to beautify her. Should I do the same thing to the J? Thanks all!