I’ll preface by saying - I'm not asking to debate the tone of the bass or how it sounds in a mix. I get it. I get the P-thing. It's not my thing, but I get it. I remember when reading one of the weekly debates on here about the Fender P vs 'the field' there seemed to be a clear divide when dissecting the thread between people who play as a hobby and people who play for work (either part or full-time). It seemed like everyone who plays as a hobby or was the one paying the audio engineer could play whatever they wanted and rightfully so if it's your money, but the people who did more session work said it was necessary to have a “Fender Shaped Object” with some people specifically saying they needed a Fender P-Bass. I'm feeling more comfortable in my playing as a whole and want to start working on some more projects soon but I really don't want to not get a gig because I didn't have the right tool for the job. I was going to grab a Sadowsky Metro Express this summer when they come out to be my ‘workhorse’ bass and if I put tape over the headstock logo I bet 99% of musicians wouldn’t even take a second look because it’ll look and sound like a Fender but I'm having second thoughts. I really don't like to have more gear than I use but I'm wondering how necessary it really is to just show up with Fender P and if so, how little do I have to spend (Squier, MIM, USA) so people will just shut up and let my playing do the talking?