Ok, so I've been a bit silly and paid roughly $2500 for a '73-'74 Jazz in , lets call it a questionable state. The ad had mentioned 'all original' which at first glance, it did also seem to be, apart from the obvious 'stripped finish' Pictures here I received the bass yesterday and immediately noticed some replaced bridge saddles, strap knobs. The body connection to the neck seems.. either badly sanded or its even a non original body. In which case I really can't imagine who it shows so many signs of age. Theres something strange going on with the electronics aswell; both pickups fully open sound thin; especially the E and A strings. I'm suspecting a broken neck pickup, the bridge pickup soloed sounds pretty great. I've already tried if they were perhaps out of phase, no luck there. On the upside; pots do seem original, but some very sloppy soldering work had been done. Also; the headstock seems very thick compared to my '77 Jazz. This a 'normal' thing? I checked the butt end of the neck but the stamp was too vague to read. Could be a B or C profile neck perhaps; but doesn't feel very much thicker than my '77. What I was gutted about the most was a routing hole underneath the pickguard, probably made to fit a MM style pickup. (no pic but.. you can imagine the horror) I'm considering two options; try to send it back and get my money back. Or try to restore it in its original glory. Which will cost me another big wad of cash, but at least its value for the market would be somewhat restored aswell. bravewood guitars in the UK do an excellent job at restoration of basses and guitars; an example here. This project gave me some hope at least to get that body filled and repainted. There's still some paint in the neck socket that seems to be some sort of burgundy red, probably non original aswell though. All in all; lets this be a lesson to anyone ebaying; ask for tons & tons of detailed pictures. I didn't ;-) The bass itself, after fixing the electronics, nut and a nice setup does seem to be a potentional great player at least. But my 'excuse' for buying it was as an investment, a way to put some use to money sitting in the bank. I'm wondering how much of an investment it really is now. Thoughts?