We played with a drummer today for the first time, an old friend. Last time i played in a band with him was in high school, and he was a guitarist then. He started playing drums because drummers would leave their stuff in his basement. Now I have a basement, and he came over and brought ... my old Fender MusicMaster bass! I had not seen it in about 25 years, and when I did it was on television. The time period is as i've been working, all at the same place. It involves nights and weekends, so being in a band went out the window the day I walked in. i now at least have Friday-Saturday off so it opens some possibilities. The drummer had it because I lent it to the bass player he was playing with. The bass player doublebooked the band, and the drummer and singer/guitarist hooked up with another drummer to play one of the two gigs as a trio (with my friend the drummer playing bass, ever having done so before). The real bass player and his lead guitarist brother did the real gig with another drummer. Follow that? Now the lead singer/rhythm guitarist used to be something of a singer/songwriter and had his own band. They played on a local public access channel and his bass player used my bass on the show. That was the last I saw of it until today. The drummer said, well since you're playing again, I thougt you might want this. Now it's not in great condition. There's normal wear of the finish and he put a screw and washer in the body to hold down the pickguard in the corner. That looks pretty bad and I'm trying to figure out what to do about it. And the strings he changed 20 years ago are dead. Are there shortscale strings? Also the neck needs adjusting but my lead guitarist it good at that. I see these going for about $300 on ebay, so they are somewhat coveted. There's interest in shortscales and I had been looking at the cheaper Gretsches myself (pretty). But I played my Dano Dc reissue today. I also have Jasmine acoustic (damaged in shipping and in the shop) and an Essex P copy (the lead guitarist is adjusting the intonation). Anyway, that's just about it. We play country rock type stuff, same as way back then.