Originally Posted by epithetless
When I was in your position (also seeking a v1 Fuze for its Rockboxed dock functionality, also not for sound quality reasons), I contacted a number of eBay sellers about the firmware version on their players. Several of them were kind enough to check for me.
This is what I ended up doing. I asked around on eBay which version sellers had, and then bought a used black Fuze from a seller who reported to have v1.
That would have been a good idea... except that her Fuze is pink!