being more than just about electronics, I'll avoid that primarily focused group and try here. I have access to a nice slothead EB3 circa '70 for under 1K and am curious what if any differences between models or preferences there are among the EB community for the slots and solid pegheads including the reissue of the original EB favored by Pappalardi, the number of frets, scale, electronics? does the slothead present any negative or structural issues, especially tone wise? as the story goes... when Felix convinced Gibson to remake the violin shape semi-solidbody the result included a hotter wiring and PU design for that era mudbucker, if so, did this transfer over to the other models of the time and how can you tell the differences? I want a vintage Gibby that will do Felix to the max but also get Andy Frasier's (occasional) singing upper range and harmonics. the example I have a rare hands-on shot at has potential to reach that range but cranking it pre-purchase for a true test run ain't gonna happen. not all mudbucked basses are the same, some EBs are more forgiving in their output, or the rawness is tamed, or are truly muddy, I want the brutality and clarity of the best examples. this is good natural grind and I've heard better; the walnut one I'm looking at is a nice bass on it's own, the strings are almost rubbery in a v cool way I don't come across often enuf with some twanginess but good resonance, and it's a comfortable bass with great sounds at lower volume if not ultimately what I'm after in extreme performance. but I'd like to avoid buyer's remorse if a better educated reconsideration is prudent, otoh, if I can get it for $800 that would be better than the going rate and a cheaper learning tool, at the least I'll have another cool useful ancient bass. but anything I buy in order to get that great old mudbucker grind (and still have some high end) will have to be incredible to merely match what I'm using currently using and getting quite acceptable results with in a modern setup for very little $$. but of course I want beyond what I have and I'm willing to gamble in going vintage Gibson if the payoff is worth the risk.