I'd say the most important thing I've learned recently is that given your pickup and string combination (and of course amp/effect settings too), some basses seem to prefer being played a different way than others...almost as if they have a personality. I own two P-basses, one is a custom with a DiMarzio Will Power Middle pickup and the other is a stock Squier CV 60's P. The custom has a set of nickel-plated steels (with the E string tapered at the ball end by the bridge) and my 60's P has Chrome flats on it. At first I felt that my Custom was lacking something and I just couldn't figure out what it was...almost having builder's remorse and wishing I never made it to begin with, until practice last Saturday. We decided to do a punk jam and I only had the bass plugged into a little Fender Rumble 15 combo with flat EQ settings. Pulled out the pick and started going to town on it, with the drum machine and the guitarist playing it just sounded all kinds of right. I noticed if I softened up my attack it didn't sound as good, nor did it seem to be as epic when the other instruments subsided. Whenever I try and use fuzz or distortion with any other bass, it sounds ok but not as good as it does with the P. Sounds good with fingers, but the pick just really makes it sing the way I like. Daphne, my CV 60's P, is a bit less picky than that bass. I can use a pick up close to the neck and get a great vintage tone that fits right in with a lot of my oldies favorites. Plucking by the bridge or the neck produces great oldschool tones as well. Daphne does best with the VT Bass Deluxe to give it a little extra oomph before it hits the amp. Though it's less versatile, I love the black Custom P that I have so much that I'd have to call it my favorite P since I use it with the band I play in now. I like the picked tone it on quite a bit, all it needs is a sweet and strong all-tube amp for it to play into! How about you guys? What's your favorite P and what's your favorite way to play it?