I got it when i was 15 for my birthday...my first bass. i really wanted a guitar but my brother (who new better) decided i was a bassist not a guitarist!!! so he bought me a Fender 3/4 scale Musicmaster circa 73/74 (dated it one time...forgot now). well long story short...being dumb and young...and DUMB...i spray painted it black...cut the pick guard up and unless i get SUPER lucky lost the pup and electronics. at one point in my early 20s i decided i wanted to restore it so i started to sand the spray (and the rest of) the paint off of it. i was SUPER careful not to sand into the wood...hell at on point i might as well have been rubbing it with notebook paper to finish it. then i lost interest/had no money...so heres were im at at 34 years old....i want it back in playing condition!!! i know ive kinda destroyed the value of it but id like to do this RIGHT but still have something that sounds "up to date" and good. i know there are (from reading the forums) a lot of people out there that will have ideas on this and where to start. i will post the pix tomorrow night (its at my parents house sitting on its stand...and lonely...heheh). thanx in advance for your help and thoughts.