One of my friends was here from Dallas this week and we met up at a local open mic jam last night. He happened to bring his all original '64 Jazz. Alder body, brazilian rosewood board. I've never been a slave to tradition and have always felt the more "modern" bass sounds were more "me". Still do really, and I won't be changing my feelings. But this grungy old '64 Jazz just f'd me up! It played like buttah, and that fat, greasy tone left skid marks on the stage. I played it for about 45 minutes and it never got in the way. And when you go up and play high notes you'd better mean it 'cause that thing will chew you up if you can't handle it! I LOVED it. The point of this is: I now understand the reason why pre-CBS Fenders are the most desirable. There is a difference in quality and sound compared to the post-CBS axes. I have played many post-CBS Fenders but never really had the chance to play many pre-CBS'ers and thus never understood the mystique. I do now! Comments on your experiences and opinions?? GAS GAS GAS!!!