I've been looking for a cheap P bass for a few weeks, and have been watching the local craigslist prices for Squiers creep up inexplicably lately (aren't the prices supposed to drop as people get more desperate to unload their gear for extra holiday cash??) I spotted a bass advertised as a Fender/Squier with no photos and a link to a year-old youtube video, it turned out to be a Korean-made Fender Squier Series from the early 90's. The price seemed reasonable at $200, and I couldn't find anything comparable on the internet (plus it's kind of a novelty to find an example where the little "Squier Series" logo hasn't been sanded off...) The color wouldn't be my first choice, but it's a change from the sunburst or black basses that I usually see. The previous owner apparently doesn't own any tools, the strings have since been trimmed properly... I wasn't sure what this staining on the neck was at first, but on closer inspection it looks like someone rubbed ink or shoe polish into the grain, though it only stained the areas where the finish was worn. No big deal, at least it's not mold. I started stripping it down and found a few extra holes from pickguard swapping. Also no big deal, and on the upside, I was glad to see this is not one of the plywood bodied instruments from this series that are sometimes found. Took off the neck and found... Oh crap, it looks like someone hacked into the heel of the neck to get at the truss rod anchor! They used a screwdriver to hack out a chunk, then epoxied it all back together. Sloppy work, but the truss rod works fine. Now that I've found the hidden damage, I'm pretty sure I paid around double what it's worth, but I still consider it a keeper. It plays and sounds killer, and it's brought my recent buying spree to a close. The color is even starting to grow on me.