Hi! Recently acquired my oldest bass to date from 1980 (previously it was my 2000 Thunderbird) in, I would say, not at its best condition? But I just couldn't pass it for the price the seller was asking for. Looked up some information on it since I never heard of this model, turned out that it's Fender's first attempt at active basses. I am thinking to restore this bass to be used as a workhorse, and also as an alternative to my shorter scales Fenders. However, the one that I got has the following issues that I have noticed so far; Finish: it's a Lake Placid Blue with matching headstock, but there's a green tint to it with stripe patterns underneath near upper bout and contour. There's also a circle pattern which I believe is from a previous sticker on it. I don't know if it was poorly refinished at some point of its life with rattle-can paint or what. Also there are brownish spots on the headstock and under the strings near the bridge, and the back are almost covered with the same stuff. Could this be just natural patina? Surely it's not nitro but there are some wear marks at certain areas, and the finish around the fretboard edges are quite worn out as well. Underneath the pickguard, there are dirt and grimes which could or could not be cleaned. Electronics: completely rewired with the whole active circuit board removed. Luckily the pickup is passive so that won't be a problem. Only 2 out of 3 knobs remained, with toggle switch removed and output jack was moved to where the other knob was. I'm left with 3 open holes! I'm uncertain about the pots and cap, if they are all original, because they look like the mini ones found in those Japanese Fenders. I haven't held anything older than 1976 in my hands but this bass is slightly on the heavier side. Neck is straight and very comfortable to me! Bridge and saddles look good, tuners are working well. Plugged in, it sounds good to my ears, but I think it needs rewiring. Not sure what should I do to restore this, just wipe it clean with damp rag (especially the grimes under the pickguard, and all the hard case plush fabric sticking on the back finish)? Turn it to a regular, passive P bass? I might want to replace the pickguard in the future but a shiny white one will look out of place, hence I'm just going to keep it that way with drill holes for the time being. Maybe move the volume and tone knobs further back 1 hole. Don't think it will have significant values but maybe I will not refinish it anytime soon. What are your thoughts? I'd be happy if you guys can help by examining the pictures (complete album here)!