So I found a 1991 Korean-made Ibanez EX Series bass locally for $25. Which, despite the fact that it had been dropped and has a nice chunk taken out of the wood around the input jack, was still a killer deal. Still plays just fine. Just like the first bass I ever owned back in 1994, but mine was a PP fretted and this one is PJ fretless conversion. I couldn't resist a $25 bass, and promptly cleaned her up and went out and bought strings... for $27...haha. The de-fretting job is not the prettiest, but overall the board feels smooth and anyone who knows these things knows the necks are thin and fast. I want to "change" the appearance of the bass but I don't feel like attempting to strip and sand the finish. Even though it is pretty banged up and I'm not a HUGE fan of black, I was thinking it may be easier to change out and upgrade the hardware. So I'm thinking maybe black 'n gold? I could replace the tuners, bridge, strap buttons with gold ones. Give a little class to an old beater. My question is...what to buy? I believe the tuners are Gotoh but I don't know. The bridge? Would a Badass fit I wonder? I'd like to put a Hipshot D-tuner on too if possible. Also thought about changing out the pickups... I love creme DiMarzios.. give this point black metal bass more of a vintage vibe. It's kind of hard to find P/J sets though. It is a passive instrument so no preamp to worry about on this one... and I'd prefer to keep it that way for this particular bass Pics attached (I have since attempted to paint over the cracked area by the input jack.. once the paint dries I'll try to smooth it out as best I can with super fine grain sandpaper or steel wool) Your thoughts and suggestions are much appreciated... I've never done this before so I'm really wanting to turn this $25 junker into something that can be pretty damn cool!