An observation... Just got back from an outdoor gig, and I brought my son's Squier Affinity J-Bass as a backup and to try out on a couple of songs. Now his bass is stock, and, goose it as I might, it simply couldn't cut through the mix. Now my Squier Affinity P-Bass had no problem cutting through the mix, but it's heavily modded, with Fender MIM pickups in it. It was just thundering all through the set. So, until he mods it, I think I'll stick to the P from now on.