That is a very positive way to approach it.
The 304 was the only instrument I have ever purchased that I was not happy with.
Unfortunately I live in rural Ontario and with Covid adding to the complications trying before buying was not an option.
There is nothing wrong with the 304 from a quality standpoint. I just could not get the tone I wanted out of it I was looking for.
I have never purchased an instrument thinking about resale value because I have no intentions of ever selling it so I have always purchased new. Again, this is just one of my personal guidelines and I know a lot of others do not understand or agree with it and that’s fine. It’s a personal choice and that is mine.
I looked at replacing the pickups and adding an active/passive switch to the 304 and I, or should I say @howard, decided that the circuit board was probably also different. After adding up all the costs, and the work to remove the 304 switch and replace it with the active/passive switch I decided to just take my own advice and just bite the bullet and purchase the one I really wanted, which was the 504. It was the right decision and I have never looked back.
I give a big THANK YOU to @howard for helping me decide how to proceed. If it wasn’t for him I probably would have just forgotten about learning Bass, taken the 304 purchase as a learning experience, and just gone back to my guitars and ukuleles
I’m sure glad I didn’t.
My early 1970’s Stratocaster falls into that realm. I got proper hell from from my wife when I showed up one day with it and she discovered that I had paid around $700 for it. That same Stratocaster now was worth worth 3X what I paid for it last time I checked. I haven’t played it for about a year but I am still not planning on selling it.
Fender used to have a service where you would give them the serial number and they would give you an evaluation. Not sure if you can still do that or not.