First of all, I give my wife all the credit. She's a garage sale queen, so earlier this week she saw an ad in the paper for a garage sale that included a Fender bass and amp among the items listed. All week she encouraged me to make plans to go to this garage sale this morning. I was very surprised she did this because I just got over a G.A.S. trip recently, accumulating about $1200 in equipment. Before I got there, I thought I'd probably run into a Squire or MIM Jazz or P-bass. So I didn't put my hopes up very high, because for years I've been dreaming of scoring a dream bass for a steal at a garage sale. We drove over to the house and I walked into the garage and my mouth dropped. At the time I couldn't tell what year it was, but I knew from the logo it was a USA P-bass, and it was an older model due to the way the logo looked (but at the moment I couldn't tell exactly how old), plus the headstock was covered in nitro. The guy was also selling an amp in combo with the bass, an old Peavey TNT 100. So I tried both out and everything worked. The strings were pretty old, but I looked at the body and I knew by the grain showing through it was ash. At this point I could barely hold in the excitement. I asked the guy, "How much are you asking for both?" He replied, "400." I stood there for second, gathered myself, and said, "400?" He said "yes." I briskly walked over to the car where my wife was sitting and signed for her to roll down the window. The first words out of my mouth were, "USA P, Ash body, Badass bridge, vintage, works, $400 for both amp and bass." She actually understood that rant and knew I was ready for a big score. But she said, "Offer the guy $325 and see what he says." I walked back, offered $325, and after a quick counteroffer of $350 I said, "You have a deal." The guy had this thing sitting around for some time and wanted to get rid of it because he and his wife were moving. I took it home and spent about 5 hours taking it apart and cleaning it up today. I also found out that this bass was made sometime around 1977-1978, based on the serial number. Although it's a CBS Fender, it was a score. Right now on eBay most '77-'78 P's are listed between $900 and $2000. But this one will never leave my hands. Here are a couple pics of my garage sale dream come true. The grin is still on my face.