I'm always looking for good deals on instruments and visit ebay quite often. I noticed that many people take the bass apart for verifying the date. But is it absolutely necessary to remove the neck?!? There have been many bases I would have bought but, all the pictures of the basses are in pieces. I don't really trust anyone who took it apart just to get a couple of more bucks $$ out of it. I just figured that the neck is SET. Taking it apart can mess with it's Mojo. And how can you be sure it was reassembled by a pro? Guess I'm just picky...?