I bought the 71 Jazz on thursday!! OMG, I cannot believe the powerful-intense tone of this monster! I gigged with it friday night, and we're in the studio all weekend, and the engineers (and everyone else) flipped-out over the sound of this baby (nu-metal). Yes it indeed looks as good in person as it does in the pictures. It has all of it's original finish with only a few tiny dings and small arm wear on the upper wing. The guy even retained all it's original pieces. I left the DiMarzio's on for now, but they sound dated, so I'll be calling up Duncan soon. The first two pics are just as I picked it up and got the bass to the practice studio where I immediately disassembled it for a thorough cleaning, restring and setup. The last two pics are how it looks now. I absolutely love this Jazz! There is nothing like vintage.