hey I've been Playing an active Spector Euro 4LX bass with EMG PJ Pickups for 4 years now. I've been playing this bass professionaly on Jazz gigs electronic, soul, rock and a 12 piece salsa orchestra and after a couple of very uncomfertable incidents with the battery during gigs I've decided to get a secondery bass that is both simple and reliable. I turned to the first bass I fell in love with which is the Fender Precison bass. I went to my local store and played the 2012 American Standard P-bass with a candy cola finish and a maple fretboard (It felt and sounded perfect!). I also checked out a MIM jazz bass (2012 model) and was actually blown away by the quality of the sound (not to mention that the price was almost 50% lower). Since I live in Israel I have a rather limited amount of instruments that I could try before buying. The only P-bass in the store was the american one. I've found on Musician's Friend the p-bass version of that same line of new MIM Models in a much more attractive price than it's american opponent. plus I dont really care about accessories since I already own a fancy ass SKB case so i wasnt bothered with it coming as it is no case or gig bag included . so basically what I'm asking is if there is a massive difference between the new standard MIM pbass(please no refrences to the 2005 or vintage models) and the MIA pbass in terms of neck feel and pickup preformance. sorry for digging a hole and thank you for your time. Idan.