When I started playing bass 18 years ago, I began with an imported Spector. Then I got a Stingray. Then a Jazz Bass. Then a Rickenbacker - since then, several more Rickenbackers. All good basses in their own right and I am keeping the Rics around. But in that whole time, never a P Bass. Early on I got the idea that since they were so common and so simple, there couldn't be much to them. Plus they had a street reputation for having chunky necks, so I steered clear. Now I recognize that lots of my favorite bass tones have come from a P Bass, and I'd really like to own one. So I am considering to get either an MIM (a "Player") or an MIA (a "Professional"). To the P Bass player community here, I'm wondering if there's any meaningful difference between the two. I'm also wondering what people think about maple vs. rosewood on a P Bass (and in light of CITES, maple seems like a better bet...).