I have a stock 1978 P bass ( Light weight ash boody, maple neck & fret board) given to me by a freind who plays in a signed band ( I won the bass in a bet!). He said he never really liked the way this bass sounded, he has about 20 old P and Jazz basses. Ive changed the Pick-up's with the vintage Fender P's, but I admit the bass still has a very transparent sound and just doesnt cut through when I play in my band (rock). Is this just typical with P basses? I have other basses G&L, Schector, Fender jazz. But my question is, can some P basses just sound bad or should I explore possible problems with this bass? Ive heard the electronis in the late 70's are not very good, should I change them out?