Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love my Bass My first bass, and current bass, is a Squier Affinity P-bass, as you can see from my avatar and my profile. Because of the frustrations I've had with this particular bass (specifically difficulty with setting the action right), I've always wanted something other than a P-bass, as to me the P-bass felt like a thumpy thuddy machine, which to me felt like the antithesis of what I wanted, which was more along the lines of a Ricky or Spector, something "more prog/metal/progmetal". Jazz bass at least for that Geddy/Tim Commerford vibe. But the P-bass? Nah. Too bassy for metal, I thought. Well, last band rehearsal we decided to do a short jam off a few riffs the guitarist came up with. We all had fun, and I recorded it in the interest of catching jams and moments of genius that popped up during rehearsals. I went back to the jam the other day, and listened to it. Holy crap. The P sounds amazing! Everything I thought the P did wrong, it was doing right. It was powerful, it was punchy, it was probably too loud, and it was wrecking. I couldn't tell you how it fit with the kick drum, as our drummer uses an electronic kit that has a kind of meh bass drum sound, but the bass and the guitar sound great together, which I didn't expect. Of course, it might be that I was playing through a rather nice Carvin board, but still, that's a pretty P sound to me. And wow does it work. So, consider me converted. I think. It might have just worked well in that circumstance.