From the perspective of an old fart that bought a 50's P when he was 12 or 13 around about '63 or so,(yes Leo introduced the P bass the year I was born), it seems silly to me. I stripped mine and tried to spray can paint it a metallic purple or lavender cause I was enamored of the Ventures Mosrite axes. (must sound like a foreign language to most you youngins). Anyway the Ventures were the "Hellecasters" of that era. If you don't know who the Hellecasters are stop reading this post. Anyway mojo don't happen by trashin a new instrument at the factory level. Buyin one of those does not interest me in the least but YMMV. Hey anybody seen my purple metallic P in their travels? I forget who I sold it to, and I never did LSD! Sorry for the rant.