Hi everyone, A bass turned up on craigslist that seemed too good a deal to pass up. I thought you all might like to see it, and maybe some of you can answer some questions I have about it. It was listed as a 1968 Jazz Bass. It seems to have been made before the several changes that occurred in 1968, though. The stamp on the neck heel is 7DEC67A, it has the older-style decal on the headstock, the tuners are the older oval-shaped style, and the neck has a nitro finish. The serial number is 219xxx, which puts it in the '67-'68 ballpark, I gather. The original frets are still there, though they've been leveled, and are very low. Despite this, the bass plays nicely. I'm not sure what to make of the body, though. There is finish in the neck pocket, so it shows no markings. Does this indicate that it's been refinished? Also, the finish shows signs of having softened at some point: there is a stippled texture on much of the back of the body, and there is some fluff from the lining of the case stuck to the finish on the lower bout. Is that something that would happen with a factory finish? The pickguard is 1-ply, and there is a gap of about 1/8" between its edge and the heel of the neck. It looks like it might be a homemade job. Comparing it to photos of similar basses, I can see that some of the screws are in different places. I haven't removed the pickguard yet, but I will. The neck pickup has been replaced (previous owner says he has the original around somewhere, and will mail it to me if he finds it. He might actually do it; he seems like a solid dude). The tone knob looks cleaner than the volume knobs; I'm not sure if it's a replacement, or maybe just didn't get handled as much? Let's see, I've mixed a few questions in there. Maybe it would be helpful to list them: Has the body been refinished? Is there anything I should look for to determine whether the body is also from 1967-68? Do the pots and wiring look original, apart from that blue-and-purple ground wire? Two of the bushings for the tuners aren't pressed all the way in. If they've backed out, is there danger of cracking the headstock if I use wood blocks and a c-clamp to press them back into place? If anybody has any other comments or insights, I'd be very happy to hear them.