I ran across a peculiar Fender bass at a local music store. This is the kind of store that sells el-cheapo, brand X stringed instruments at prices that could get you a decent starter axe. They get away with this because it is a small town, and the people that make up their customer base simply don't know better. Anyway, yesterday, I had some time to kill, so I walked in there and, among all the crappy new axes with brand names I've never heard of, is a really, really old Fender P-bass. Now, keep in mind that I've played bass for over 25 yrs, and have owned many vintage Fenders over the years. But I've never seen anything quite like this. It has a P/J pup configuration, like the modern P-bass "Special", but with a single volume and tone knob, and a three way selector switch to choose pups. Since there are no individual volume controls, your choice is P-bass pup only, J-bass bridge pup only, or both pups, full on. It also had a Badass bridge. This is the first version of that bridge. There is almost no finish left, but there is still a tiny splotch of white paint left, so you could tell it was once white (what they call "Olympic White," I believe). Maple board. Electronics are functional. Neck is pretty fast. The lady in there freely admits that she doesn't know jack about basses. She says that her husband (who probably doesn't know very much more than she) claims that it is either a '69 or a '73. I seriously doubt that they have checked the serial numbers on the body and neck to see if they match, or to accurately date the piece. Frankly, I wouldn't trust them to even know how to date it accurately. They are asking $1200. It could be a piece of crap Frankenstein bass worth $500 or a ultra-rare model worth thousands. These people would have no clue either way. Questions that come to my mind include, how early did Fender offer a bass with a P/J configuration? Does this sound like an actual model that was ever offered in the Fender catalogue, or did some guy just buy a stock Fender bass, and customize it by adding a Jazz pup and a Badass bridge? While I'm certainly not convinced that this bass left the factory like this, everything looks like it has aged together, so I'm pretty sure that it has been in this configuration for many, many years. Any help would be greatly appreciated.