Well, okay, in spite of the thread title, I did keep my "stinkin' BoNgos", but I found myself without a four string fretted Stingray and THAT can't be right. Schlepped around eBay a bit and came up with this. I think the strings were actually older than the bass and there was some serious grime to clean off the board (can you see it in the photo?)...not to mention the poor thing was tuned to "D" and the strings were about an inch too high....a strap came with it, and it was adjusted to hang around my ankles. I can only assume that it was owned by a young punker, but somehow survived this insult with a few minor surface scratches on the neckplate. Otherwise, no probs. Some new strings (TI Flats) and a quick setup and a shower and she's in FINE shape and sounds as good as any Stingray I've ever had, and I've had, I don't know, eight hundred or something. Oh yeah, after taking the photos, I replaced the black guard with a white moto guard. Very gaudy and slutty, which is how I like my basses. I do need to take some better photos, though. So the BoNgos are a bit jealous, but still secure.