i found a great bass! it's a japanese squier jazz bass circa'82. it's sunburst with tortoise shell pickguard and rosewood fingerboard. i tried it and compared with a marcus miller, a sting MIJ precision signature, another great old squier precison in fiesta red, a 78 HEAVY usa precision, an usa standard jazz, an american vintage '62 reissue and a MIM jazz. the squier is marketed as squier jazz bass made in japan by fender and on the metal square that sey the neck and the bridge is stamped jv, japanese vintage, i believe. the model is a 62 reissue. believe it or not the squier sounds better that the other ones, much better. the usa reissue was the only one able to beat the squier with the neck pickup open, but the bridge pickup was better on the squier. what a great bass!! i ended buying the squire not only for the unbeliavable tone and neck but even for the price! someone own or play an old japanese squier? tell me your opinion on these basses!!