Okay this is a rant so forgive me, but I need to vent. I have a 58 AV P bass that seems to chip or dent at the slightest bump. The GD thing just got a nick from the cord plug hitting the edge of the neck while I was rolling it up.. Doh! Really?? This pisses me off.. I guess Fender feels everyone that buys a vintage era bass wants a relic? I love the bass, but I really hate this finish! It actually has a small chip from the gig bag when it hit the zipper going back in awhile back. I can see this thing looking like crap in no time. Talk about fragile.. I have had other nitro finished instruments in the past, and none were as sensative as this one. IMHO the new flash finish is pure crap. I know there are those that claim this type of finish allows the wood to "breath", and for the instrument to resonate more, but I think thats all a bunch of marketing crap. Unless I buy an actual vintage bass in the future this will be my last nitro finished instrument. I'll take a poly finish over this crap anyday, and I would bet my last buck that nobody would be able to tell the difference in tone between the two types of finish anyhow.