Hey TBers, I just got a Jay Turser MM copy bass from my cousin for free. The tuning keys are complete junk and i'm not sure if the pickup works. I would like to try and salvage this bass just so I can have something with a humbucker in it (I will try to find an inexpensive used replacement pup eventually). The neck was covered in duct tape residue (my cousin used it as a prop for a broken lamp for some reason), but I got it all cleaned with some WD40. The body is incredibly light. I played it a long time ago and it has some serious neck dive, so I was planning to route a hole in the body and fill it with some metal beads, which I have seen some people use to address this issue. Here are questions I was hoping to get some insight on: 1) the body is really crappy wood. Is it something I should try to fix or should I replace it entirely? I was thinking of routing a hole to fill with beads to add weight, then repaint it. Is there a way to fill the grain of the wood which is really porous? Does anyone have any thoughts or recommendations for improving the body? 2) the neck appears to be in good shape, but as I said, I need to replace the keys. I was thinking about these: http://www.guitarfetish.com/Fender-Style-Elephant-Ear-Tuners-Black_p_809.html. Are there any other brands I should look at, or are these okay for now (again, this doesn't need to become a money pit of a bass, just something to mess around with, so I don't want to drop a lot of cash into it). 3) In your honest opinion(s), should i bother with this bass? My main goal was to use this as a practice body to learn how to apply my own finish and learn how to do setups and the like with, but it would also be cool if i could play it, at home at least, as well. Thoughts?