I have a damn near brand new re-issue '51 P-bass with the vintage style single coil. Unfortunately I play with a pick and have a hard time avoiding hitting the pickup, especially when playing live. I just recently burned through a pickup, and luckilly got a free bass out of the guitar center. I think it woud be a smart investment to swap a solid (not exposed) single coil in it so I won't have to worry about trashing another one. My local shop can throw a Seymour Duncan on for me, any pro's or con's to this...I love my tone with the vintage repro it came with but I sure wouldn't mind going a little hotter with it. What's the word?