After doing a side by side with a borrowed MM Stingray from the mid-80's and my 2002 Precision this is what I have found:
The plucking is fairly easy on both to get a refined and noticeable result HOWEVER, I have to alter my thumb technique on the P-Bass and glance the string in order to get a tone that cuts through.
On the MM, a light tap on top near or at the neck & that POP is there. The P-Bass more work to get it just right.
Both Basses are stock.
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