Background: Last summer I acquired an all-original (good condition) 66 J. The sound is pretty killer, so this instrument needs to be played. I've already done a fair number of gigs (but always with an eagle eye on its whereabouts between sets and during pack up) and plan on more gigging with it. The previous owner had it for over 40 years, and played in local "big bands" doing standards and mellow tunes. Because of that, one would think the J would have been babied, and in some ways it was (no smoky bars, not a lot of sweat/grime/gunk associated with the saloon scene). But on the other hand, the J has a fair amount of wear in all the usual places and multiple small dings on the body. It's got a lot of mojo. Unfortunately, the back of the neck (luckily not the fretboard) has a lot of small dings as well, though very little wear on its gloss finish, which is an odd thing. Apparently this bass was subject to a very gentle lefthand technique, but also was not lovingly placed on an any kind of decent stand during breaks between songs so it was dinged repeatedly. This leads to my reason for posting and request for feedback. I am thinking of doing a careful "relic job" on the back of the neck to remove the numerous divots. This will require going down to bare wood. Do those dings really affect my playing and is it absolutely necessary to do this? Of course not, but they are annoying and I prefer the feel of a well-worn vintage neck with little/no finish. Plus, I don't want to wait 20-30 years to wear off the finish naturally. So, this bass is going to be played for a few years, but as always there will come a time when it will move on to another player/collector. The player side of me says "make this how you like it because the finish would have gotten worn away anyway with other players, and so it may not affect the value all that much because it's not a holy grail Pre-CBS." The vintage collector side of my brain says "It's still a collectable piece. Leave it alone, and live with it so that it remains all original." I'd appreciate thoughts from the player/collectors on TB. Thanks!