A few days ago, I spent a few minutes playing the current MIM Fender Mustang PJ. I felt it was an OK instrument, but nothing special. OK pickups (and the switch was intermittent on a brand new bass), but it was fairly stiff and dead, far from resonant. In the same way, it sonded very "generic", without character and bite. From a technical point of view, the tone and sustain was as expected from open E all the way through the range of the bass. So in some ways it was not bad at all, but I did not "click" with it. Then yesterday, I got my hands on the JMJ signature model... Oh my... I do not like flats, that pickup configuration and I think this road worn concept is stupid. Still, once I played that JMJ bass, I was very, very impressed! Fat, clear and resonant tone. Big oldschool tone with a tad of dirt in the pickups. Fantastic playability, character by the barrel and still very even and smooth tone all across the fretboard! So, would you say this is typical? Are the JMJ basses really THAT much better, or was it a coincidence? I will not buy the JMJ, as I need the modern pickups and I much prefer the modern look. On the other hand, if the PJ typically feels and sounds so stiff and dead, I may not get that bass either. Any thoughts?