I just picked up a NOS Fender American P bass dated to 1998 by the serial number, sunburst with a white pg. I paid $699 at a local small shop with a Fender gig bag. Aside from a few years of dust, it looks like new. They were asking $825, but I got them to drop the price just by asking. It makes one wonder why a bass like this sits around unsold for so many years? I don't see anything wrong with it. I sold my Sterling because I figured out I like passive basses better. I was curious if anyone has any comments on this era(1998) of Fender American P basses? It seems to be of better overall quality than the current. Overall it just looks nicer than the current batch. The pickup seems alittle punchier than the current. Are the pickups and stuff the same as the current models?