I just bought a J Bass on ebay (to have as a back up and for a friend to start learning on) and I'm stumped to identify it. The seller said "I believe it to be a '2000' MIM with a refinished neck". I have my doubts. It arrived today. It looks really nice. The body is black, with the slightest bit of fleck. Tortoise pickguard, which is supposedly a Fender aftermarket upgrade. Rosewood fretboard. Vintage control knobs, supposedly an aftermarket upgrade. Hipshot tuner. Wilkinson bridge. Four-bolt neck. "F" bridge cover,supposedly an aftermarket upgrade. The pots are 500K Alpha. The headstock says "Made in USA", but the serial number returns to a late 70's model, so I figure that has to be a fake. The seller says the guitar is just as he purchased it five years ago, and he knows nothing of its history or the upgrades. All the hardware is in pristine condition, but I think the neck has been refinished, although it was a very nice job. Two other things. It came in a top of the line mint-condition SKB case. Plus, the guy threw in a brand new in the package Badass II bridge. All of this went for $315, which adds to my confusion. If he was trying to fake a Made in the USA Fender, why say it is a MIM? Plus, why have so many upgrades, like the hipshot, the Badass, the case, etc. He says the pups are upgrades, too, but I haven't taken them out yet, nor have I taken off the neck to look under it. What could I have here? Is this a MIM someone wanted to look like a MIA? Is it franken-fender made from after-market parts (albeit pretty good ones)? The economics don't make it look like a very successful scam, if that is what it was. Any ideas on how to tell what this is? In any event, it plays great and sounds really good, so I am very happy in any event, but it is nice to know what you have your hands wrapped around. Thanks for any ideas, suggestions, comments, etc.