I'm looking for some real world experience from the collective here and have one simple question that will solve my problem: (QUALIFYING POINT: THIS QUESTION IS ABOUT TONE ON STAGE - NOT IN THE MUSIC STORE) Does the Fender American Deluxe P-Bass sound the same as an American Standard P-Bass when played in the passive mode? I'm thinking strongly about aquiring an active P-Bass to get more tones but I'm scared that I'll somehow lose my prefered P-Bass tone if I went to it full time - and simply I can't lose the tried and true P-Bass tone because it's the foundation for the tone in my head. So, IF the "American Deluxe" is in passive mode - will it sound the same (in the mix) or does all the extra stuff do something to the sound? The main reason for the question is that I have had a Japanese Aerodyne with the P/J setup for several years and my experience is that it sounds different with just the P pickup on (to my ear) than my American Standard, therefore I use the Aerodyne for a few songs when I want the unique tone from my bass - but I can't use it all the time because it simply doesn't seem to produce the tone that my American Standard does. I truly don't understand why that is - but I do know there is a difference (at least as my ears hear it). Therefore I have to logically conclude that it could be either the much thinner body of the Aerodyne or the fact that the other pickup cut into the body takes away some of the P-Bass magic. And please, before someone says "go play one" - just know that I have, many times - but playing in the music store doesn't tell me how it will sound in the mix on stage with a 5 piece rock band playing Foo Fighters music! Sorry for the long dissertation but I've found that it's good to make all my points up front here on "Talk Bass Theater"!! Thanks in advance for sharing your knowledge and experience.