Ok I got it for $250 out the door with a new gig bag, didnt even plug it in! But I did look in the control cavity before I bought it. No major routing for the battery except what looks like a toggal switch hole that goes thru the body, kind of a hack job as far as the electronic work that had been done. So I need to swap out the electronics and put in my 78 P Pups. When I got home and pluged it in it sounded a bit dull (old strings?) but it has a certain thick solid tone, so Im pretty stoked! They really didnt know what year, they thought it was an 89, Serial #E777340? As for the ugly thick matalic white paint does anyone know whats the best type of stripper I should use to take it off? Im going to stain it (any suggestions?) on what I think is an alder body. The neck is in great shape. It will at least be a fun project and then I can compare it to my 78 P bass which is my main bass these days. Im hoping this MIJ bass will be a good back up or main bass so I can leave my 78 at home! Thanks for any info!