When it comes to the finish of a bass which do you prefer ? A)an old beat vintage Fender bass,finish long gone and what's left of it is checking and or cracking,faded smoke stained p-gaurd and an over all well played work horse of a bass ? OR B)a brand new Fender bass,nice and pretty,not a mark or scratch to be found,straight off the new bass rack ? I cannot explain why i prefer an old beat up bass over a brand new one,I guess its the fact thats there's nothing like a bass that has been the survivor of many a bar-room gig.theres just something so personal about it,i love how the wood of the neck gets all dark and dis-colored,and all that paint and finish worn right to the wood, or whats left to it is faded and worn,these qualities speak volumes to me.I went to go see a semi-famous musician a few times in the last 6 months,his name is Phil Guy, the brother of the famous blues legend Buddy Guy. He was playing this vintage, beat down, worn to hell,smoke damaged finish,buckle rashed, monster of a guitar. it was a early 60's Fender Stratocaster (sorry ,i know this is a bass site BUT),this axe looked like its been to hell and back TWICE.but the warm and ear splitting tone it had was deafining to say the least.It's looks fit the sound and the type of music to a T.No brand new axe could of cut it that nite.if that axe could of only talked,the stories it would be able to tell would be mind blowing.something about an old axe just hits that feeling inside,I can imagine that bass being giged 40 years ago in some little hole in the wall blues cafe down south,It seeing a piece of history, knowing that this axe helped change the face of music forever, if thats not nostalgic what is ? Now please dont mis-understand me,there are axes out there today(new) that are every bit of,and as good as the older ones,but it still does'nt capture that sound of a well played vintage axe with that warm sound that only settled in matured wood and vintage pick-ups can produce.I love music,its always has been a major influence in my life,especially early rock,and nothing says classic rock and blues than a vintage Fender.sorry about the long thread,i wanted to be sure that i got my feelings across fully, as not to sound like i was knocking guitars that other people find as important to themselves as my bass preferences are to me. ANY FEED-BACK(and i dont mean my grammer ) LOL !