Some kid was selling a Yamaha BB404 on craigslist for $40. It needs new strings and set up on a desperate way, but is still comfortable to play. I'm sure after I do a good set up on her, it'll be even more comfortable. Other than that it's not in too God aweful condition. There's some dings and a couple of fairly deep gouges on the front of the body. One is about the width of my pinkey. Fortunately, none of them chipped away any paint. I don't know how to describe this part, but on the back it looks like someone took some bondo to part of the body and painted over it. I know it's not bondo, but think of that dented ripple look that you see over a crappy bondo job. One or both of the previous owners didn't take care of it, but I wouldn't go as far to say the bass was abused. It came with those nasty magnified numbered control knobs, so I took the dome knobs from my RBX170 and slapped them on. The tone is a bit better than what I expected. In my hands she has a warm full tone, prominent mids without them being overpowering, and good top end clarity. It's also IMO a very aggressive sounding bass. When I solo the J pickup at the neck it replicates a P bass tone fairly decently and when the J at the bridge is soloed it gets a very throaty tone much like a jazz bass does, perhaps slightly more aggressive sounding. It's passive and barring my RBX because its a rarity that I'll take it out of the gig bag, I haven't owned a passive bass in at least 12 years. So I'm not sure how I feel about the tone. Overall, I'd have to say it doesn't sound bad. Some things I'm not sure of are, there was no shielding inside the control cavity. Not sure if that's the norm on passive basses or not. I'm also not sure when it was made. The serial number is either 01Z198060 or QlZ199060. It's hard to make out the 1st and 4th numbers stamped into the back of the headstock I bought it with the intention of selling it on craigslist or through the local newspaper because I'm a 5 string kinda guy and could use the cash, but after sitting down with it for a bit I'm not sure if I can. I like the body style and headstock and am thinking that she'd look quite pretty if I were able to sand out the gouges and then refinish it with a nice stain color. Either way, for $40 I don't think went wrong at all. I know, I know. No pics, no bass. I'll post pics of it ASAP. I just need time to talk to my sis so I can borrow her camera, do a set up on it, and study for a couple of tests I have to take. Not necessarily in that order either.