I have had this bass for nearly 20years and absolutely love it. I fell in love with it straight away when I seen it hung up in a music shop in Edinburgh. When I picked it up I could hear the truss rod wobble when tapping the guitar and the chrome hardware was a bit rusty but I wanted it. It was reduced from £550 to £450 second hand (obviously) and I managed to haggle the man down to £380 including case which was not bad. I was not aware about the significance of Japanese fenders from that year and noticed that it had a low serial number (JV01376) and its a 50's reissue with 2tone gold sunburst, single ply cream scratch plate and has the retro knobs with reversed tuners. It sounds really bright and I have never played a bass that's got a good sound when not plugged in. When plugged in its very responsive and stays in tune pretty much all the time, even when its not been played for weeks. I love this bass guitar and I would like to hear from anyone else who has a Japanese fender from the early80's to see if they have the same love for their instrument and if they know how much it is worth today?