I just had the privelige of peeling the pickguard film off of a perfect NOS peavy T-40. It's natural ash with a black pickgaurd and lots of shiny chrome. It has a cast bridge that is absoutely massive. As I was told in my earlier thread it is extremely heavy, but it is one of the coolest, most beautiful "classic-looking" basses I have ever seen. Best part... $247 (265 out the door) inclucing the hardshell case (one of the heaviest I have ever lifted) and a 3" leather strap, which is absolutely essential for an instrument of this magnitude (it makes my p-bass seem small). I like it so much I am going to lend my brother my p-bass for a semester. Anyway, I had some questions. 1 What can I do to keep it looking this good? 2 How can I find out what year it is? 3 What does the phase switch actually do? 4 The slots for the bottom 8 fretts were cut too deeply and you can see a bit of space beneath each frett. Is this a problem? Will it affect the fretts later on? What should I do about it? 5 What did the origional case look like? I am curious to know if I got an origional. It doen't appear to say peavey anywhere on it. it is just a simple plywood case covered in black tolex with a brown faux-fur interior. I have to mention that I am extremely happy and even with my limited time with this instrument, I would recomend this bass to someone looking for a good quality instrument that is not just another fender.