After months of agonizing research and thought process, I arrived at the pinnacle of solutions for the ultimate pickup to make my off-the-shelf P-bass sound super sweet.. This discovery and final decision happened as I was playing the bass to some drum loops: The pickup: Stock Fender P-bass pickup that came with the bass. For whatever reason, I happen to have the "perfect storm" of setup, pickup height, strings (La Bella flat 45-109), bridge (hipshot vintage with string-ball shroud), and the rest is off-the-shelf Mexican P-bass. It is one of the best, roundest, colorful, even, quintessential P-bass sounds I've ever heard. I've decided to leave the bass alone, and just play the heck out of it. I guess the lesson here is: sometimes it isn't worth the agony and the over-spending to get the bass where you might want it. It could be right at the present time. Thoughts Y'all?