#1
Hello there all its Rad again and this time I need your input on a bass. There is a local Fender P bass at my local music shop and it is in rough shape. There are a lot of scratches on the body and the neck looks like it has seen better days. Do you guys think it is worth the money. Its being sold for $230.

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Also if I do end up buying it how much money do you think it would be to fix it back up again. It will need a new pick guard and looks like a new bridge. But I would want to get all the scratches out of it.
#2
well, if you want to get rid of the scratches then you are going to need to have the bass sanded down to the wood and refinished, which is likely to cost upwards of $200 (probably more). the new bridge and pickguard won't be too much.

for the price i don't think it's in too bad a shape, but it will all come down whether you are willing to spend the extra cash to get it refinished.
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#3
Should be Ok, it's personall preference mainly.

I for one hate having Basses all pretty and clean and perfect. Scratches, dents and marks give it a bit of a battle-scarred feel, ya know?

If the neck feels find and isn't warped or anything I'd say go for it. The cosmetic damage shouldn't really have much effect on the sound.

And yeah, repairing the damage will cost a few hundred bob, if you're willing to pay for it it's still cheaper than a brand new one :P
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#4
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Should be Ok, it's personall preference mainly.

I for one hate having Basses all pretty and clean and perfect. Scratches, dents and marks give it a bit of a battle-scarred feel, ya know?

If the neck feels find and isn't warped or anything I'd say go for it. The cosmetic damage shouldn't really have much effect on the sound.

And yeah, repairing the damage will cost a few hundred bob, if you're willing to pay for it it's still cheaper than a brand new one :P

I agree. My P-bass is all chipped up on the back from a belt and the front has some scratches on it as well. My family thinks its junk, but I think it's pretty badass. Throw a new pickguard on it and party on. Definitely a cool purchase as long as the neck isn't jacked up.
#5
One of the reasons this thing looks so beat up is because its a 93'-94' so it's been around the block more then a few times.

Me personally would grab it in a heart beat, the bass is battle hardened, your biggest problem would be worn out frets, but if they're good then grab it, thats if someone doesn't beat you to it.

Also with a battle hardened bass you don't worry so much about hurting it.
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#6
That is true I might wait till my next pay check to scoop it up. I really don't need a new bass but it would be nice to add the Fender to my collection to start growing it. How can you tell that it is from the 90's
#7
^ The serial number. It starts with MN3 which signifies it was made in Mexico in the 1993-1994 production year.

EDIT: It looks like it could really use some TLC, but if you like the way it feels (with the neck damage and all) then I wouldn't say its a bad price or anything. Granted you could probably find a used MIM in better condition for $50-$70 more, but if you like the worn poly finish that's fine too.
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