Hey, a friend of mine has a Vintage Kingston brand bass. For the past hour I took it all apart, polished it up, and replaced the jack, ordered new strings on musiciansfriend, and have come up with some questions. First of all, does anyone know of the brand Kingston? When I took the bass apart, there were no numbers or dates of anything. So I'm trying to find an approximate date still. When I first played it, it sounded pretty flat. No brightness at all, but it has an oddly nice vintage thump to it. But really... besides it being kinda cool and vintage (i only have a Tobias Growler, so I always have a modern hi-fi sound) the pickup is horrible. It's got one single coil, kinda in a bridge position, but a little farther away from the bridge than a jazz bass. Now... my second question is... Is the dull sound due purely because of the old vintage (probably ****ty) pickup? Or maybe the old strings, and some other factors? It also looks like the bridge was changed... to a really weird type of bridge i've never seen before. It also has the same scale as a guitar... so REALLY REALLY short. Would this be worth buying for like 50 dollars to keep around for an occasional song? Or would i do better just buying an SX for the same occasional moments. I was able to take this bad picture with my cell phone. But I can get better ones once my digital camera is done charging.