I was down at my local music store Saturday, waiting on my Son to finish his drum lesson, and doing my usual rumaging while I wait. I noticed this Fender P-Bass hanging on the wall, sunburst with a rosewood fretboard. Now this one was just another MIM P-Bass, one of the bazillion that you see in music stores everywhere. Usually nothing special about these. However, this one caught my eye because the rosewood was exceptionally colorful. Normally in these less expensive models they dye the daylights out the rosewood and take all the character away. But not this one. It was gorgeous. So, I took it down just to look. You know, the look that often gets you in trouble. Well, I looked it over. The fit and finish was very, very nice; as nice as any MIAs that I've ever seen. The neck was smooth, nice edges, good fretwork, and true. So, I took the next logical step, I played it. The sound was classic P-Bass; full, deep, and thumpy. This stupid, inexpensive MIM looked good, played very well, and sounded great. Well, I didn't buy it, however, I may yet do so. I think I'm going back on Tuesday, check it out again, if it's still there, and if it still strikes me the same way, I'll buy it. Do I need it. Hell no. But, this is may be one of those "diamonds in rough" that you occassionally come across. And I am a major fan of P-Basses; have been for over 40 years. Don't you just hate it when something like this comes along when you think you've got all the instruments that you need? I do, but, it's often fun. How often have the rest of you run into things like this?