Hello, everyone. I'm have been engaged in polite, civil inquiries and discussions, with the Seller of this " Made In Japan " Squier Jazz bass; for the last three days. eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices Initially, the seller had this bass marked at $449.00. But this morning, he reduced the price to $399.00. I really dig the looks of this bass and I'm very seriously interested. I really love this type of pickguard on a Jazz bass. Very unique. Aesthetically speaking, I think this is a really sexy Jazz bass. It's appearance, that pickguard and finish are the main reasons I'm so interested in it and so close to pulling the trigger. But there's a few things that I'm unsure of, a few concerns and it's preventing me from pulling the trigger. He lists the serial number in the ad, as: Serial Number: U091082 He says it's a 1995-96 MIJ (by Fugi-Gen). It's listed as a Squier. But the headstock shows a bold Fender logo. Also, there something on the headstock, that the original owner (according to the seller) scratched out. The seller intially speculated in the ebay ad description (and in an e-mail to me) that the scratched out words may have been either " Squier Series" or " Silver Series". He wasn't certain. Did Squier (in Japan) make a "Fender" branded "Squier Series" Jazz bass. What about this type of pickguard on a Jazz? Ever seen anything like this? I thought $449.00 was too much for this bass, considering the uncertainties. I'm not sure $399.00 ($400.00 ) is all that much better. But I so do dig this bass's look. What do you guys think?