Well, I finally restrung the bastid, and frankly, I fell in love with the cheap POS one more time! First the story: I went to NYC with my girlfriend, and she promised me that we'd check out the guitar stores. I went into Manny's, and found a few things I liked, but couldn't afford. Went across the street to Rudy's, I walked into the bass section and walked out 'cause I knew sneezing would cost me about $4,000, so I went over to Sam Ash, played a few jazz basses I liked, and on my way out, a clearance rack grabbed my attention, and there, front and center were two Brownsville ABG's. Skeptical, I picked one up, and it played like butter and actually projected. Not quite a Thunderchief, but this thing could play! First of all, the thing used to cost $300.00, and it's nice for that much money, but then they discontinued, so Sam Ash.com is selling for $239.99 (If you still want one, Sam Ash.com has two left here) and it turns out that it was a floor model too. Had a few small dings, a few scuffs that could be buffed out, and it was missing a bridge pin. I could take care of that, I figured, and my girlfriend really noticed me smiling as I played it. I even plugged it in, and despite a cheap, no-name preamp, it sounded pretty sweet. And even better, the price tag was $99.99! Because it only had three bridge pins, old strings, and needed a few scuffs buffed out. I told the Sam Ash croonie that I'd take it, IF he'd give me a bridge pin (and he pulled one off of the other floor model) AND gave it to me for $100.00 out the door, taxes included) he said okay, plopped it together, and we took the subway back to her apartment. Waiting for the train, I managed to make a buck and a half, almost enough to pay the fare! I get back, she told her mom that I bought a bass, and she looked at me like I was nuts. I was nuts, I bought a Brownsville. It sounds good, now I think I have to sand the headstock a bit! Now that red thing is a Chevy SS logo, that I put over a really ugly finish chip down to the plywood (yep, it's a photoflame wannabe with a quilt top) so here's a detail shot.