I have been a big Iron Maiden Fan for over 35 years. If I were to get a tattoo, it would be Eddie from the Killers album. But I am not a tattoo person, so last year I commisioned a pair of Eddie Tobacco Pipes: Back in the 80's, when I used to play bass, I spent many hours trying to play along to their records. Fast forward about 30 years and I am a middle aged man in my 50s you picked up a bass for the first time a couple of months ago. I figured I would get a Christmas present for myself and build a a replica of one of his signature basses. I was close to ordering an SX in blue or a Xaviere in white, slap on a Steve Harris SD Signature PUP into a mirrored pick guard and a high mass bridge and hopefully end up with something playable. But I found a blemished Fender P-bass from one of the big online stores for about $470 and after a week of trying to talk my self out of it, figured what the hell.... First off, I cannot find the blemish The paint looks perfect and changes hue in different light. Plastic was still on the pick guard and Pup. THe closest I could see was a reddish spot in the maple at the top of the fretboard. I was expectiong some scratches or a ding or two, but nothing. Playablilty is fantastic. Out of the box the neck was perfect and the action low. No buzzes to be found. I may need to adjust the Pup height. Hopefully nothing changes while it aclimates. The tuners are great as well. I always have to touch up my Ibanez and Schecter, but these are both smooth and firm with nonw of the slop on the other basses. I am not sure if or when I will do any upgrades. I will leave it as is for a now. But one good thing about the P-bass is I can just put the set up in a new pickguard and swap it out easily. And if that is not enough...barring a weather delay due to overnight snow, tomorrow should be a back to back NBD. Stay tuned!!!