I know I may not hear the end of it (from the people who insist MIM Fender and Squier pickups suck) for making this statement, but I like the sound of the stock MIM P pickup very much. I just tried a new MIM Standard P bass today, and it had a certain quality which made it very playable, and the sound was rockin'. I tried some Squier J basses today too, and loved the sound of the bridge pickup. Very chunky and aggressive (in a good way). I have experience with a MII (Indonesia) Squier Standard P bass Specials too, and I liked those pickups also (loved the way the J pickup had that chunky, aggressive growl too). With this in mind, I have some questions (yes, I already searched, though I welcome some links to threads that may have already answered my questions). I like playing classic heavy metal and classic hard rock (though not exclusively these genres). In both situations when I was trying out the basses, I cut the bass on the amp to about 11 o'clock, mids boosts to about 1-2 o'clock, and treble cut to about 9-10 o' clock (tone knob fully turned on, or 80% on, depending on the songs I was playing at that time). Usually I play with slightly more treble at home (I use a set of worn-in Rotosound RS77 Flat Wound strings, so I add more treble (roughly 11 o'clock) because I prefer the sound). I play mostly finger style, with the occasional pick for certain songs. I have read somewhere the MIM P pickups are similar to the Seymour Duncan SPB-3 Quarter Pound pickups. I have tried a Mark Hoppus bass, and didn't like the Seymour Duncan SPB-3 Quarter Pound pickups (WAYY too bright and hot), so I don't think it may be true (at least in my experience). With this in mind, can anybody recommend me a P and J pickup which are tonally very similar to the pickups I tried (MII Squier and MIM Fender)? I would buy a set of Fender MIM, but the Fender website seems to indicate that they don't sell MIM J pickups separately. Also, I would appreciate if someone could tell me if MII Squiers and MIM Fenders use the same pickups, as it is much easier to find a Squier pickup set than a Fender pickup set (since many switch out Squier pickups soon after buying the bass). Also, since I exclusively use flats, I was wondering if anyone had sound clips of PJ basses played with flats? I like how rounds make a PJ bass growl, but my fretting hand doesn't fancy the low-tension feel of rounds (though my plucking hand loves it!), or the finger noise. I listened to sound samples of Lakland's website of J basses with flats, and it rocked. I know how P basses sound with flats, since I already own one.. But on Lakland's site, the sample of the PJ bass with flats sounded disappointing. I'm sure a PJ with flats is something that a good number of TBers do, so I would love some input. Any other relevant advice that isn't flaming, spamming, or bashing will also be greatly appreciated. Man, this is a long post. Anyway, thanks! I never fail to get bored of reading up on everyone's opinions (I spend hours on Talkbass searching for old posts and reading), and I look forward to hearing from anyone with knowledge to impart!