I played the same venue this weekend with two different bands. Friday night I used my Stingray 5 and L2000, both are 1996's and sound great. I played them through a my "vintage" SWR Rig; an original SWR 350 head and a Henry The 8X8. My sound was good and I was relatively pleased. But! Last night I played in the same place with my other band and I used my 1975 Jazz and my 1975 P Bass. The P Bass sounded glorious and I do not mean to over shadow such a fantastic instrument....but my Jazz was giving me goose bumps. I really had to make myself stop paying so much attention to it and make sure I sang my harmony parts.
The tone cut though but it was more than cutting through, it was an articulation and presence that I am used to hearing in recordings but rarely hear live. We are not a loud band and I was not cranked. We played tunes ranging from Born on the Bayou to Word Up. It sounded perfect for both. There is nothing special about this bass other than the sound.
Here is one little tidbit though.... the pickups are not original .... they were hand wound by a local guitar player named Lindy Fralin ;0). Lindy is a great guy and a friend of mine works for him... they were out of this style of jazz pickups the day we tried to buy these and the fella who winds was on vacation so my buddy asked Lindy if he would wind them.... he did.