Hi guys, I was looking for a cheap bass to get me started on a small modding project without risking too much. I found this Aria STB sunburst P-copy in the classified and paid 80$CA for it (advertised as a "jazz style guitar" ). The neck is in great shape and it`s just a breeze to play, so I will most probably keep it as a great classic/passive complement to my Ibanez SR400. It`s got great sustain with the current hardware on the strings that are not dead yet (3 of the strings are so corroded I wonder if I shouldn't go get a tetanus shot ). I was thinking at stringing it with flatwounds first, just to give it a try. Any suggestion at fitting flats for a P-bass ? I will probably try to find a S. Duncan SPB-1 or similar to replace the stock pickup. The tone pot crackles when turned and the input jack is rusty a bit, so I will swap those too. While I'm at it, I might as well get a new volume pot and .1uF cap and get all the electronics replaced. One thing I noticed is that it`s quite neck-heavy (dives a bit). I never played much on a P-bass before so I don`t know if it`s a P-bass standard, but that would be my only complaint. The body itself is on the light side, but the headstock with those humongous tuners adds quite a bit of weight. Is there any "light" P-bass tuners out there (while keeping the look) I could find ??? Other than that, the neck and current setup are great, but a fret job will be welcome. Cosmetically, a good and thorough cleanup will probably improve it a lot already. Theres a bunch of superficial stains and every possible hole is filled with dust. A red tort pickguard is also somewhere on the list of mods to do . Finally, if anyone knows if the build year is in their serial number, that would be a welcome info. All my google searches leads to information on 70s and 80s matsumoku-made instruments and this one is probably a later korean-made cheaper version (no "made in japan" or "matsumoku" on the neck plate, and it certainly doesn't look like it`s 20 years old anyways). The SN is CH091278, and it`s no more than a couple years old (and certainly not a 2009 .......). Anyways, I just felt like sharing that with the folks here and of course, pics to come in a couple minutes.