I was home today playing my old trusty MIM Fender P-Bass trying to figure out why I haven't been getting good slap and pop tones out of my new Carvin RL1015. Just as I was ready to head back to work, the UPS man arrived. I bought a Stingray 5 off a guy that had a listing on e-bay about a week ago. UPS was delivering my new baby!!!! All I have to say is WOW!!!! The difference in tone between the Stingray and my old P-Bass is amazing. I had just set up my P-Bass the other day because the truss rod was really loose. I had never done a set-up on it before, and thought that might have been why I wasn't getting good tone out of it. The action was way high and I was getting a really clunky slap sound out of it. It almost sounded like "whack whack" instead of "bwang bwang". I plugged in the Stingray, and immediately, I got the sound I was looking for!!!! (I'm sure I'll tweak things a bit). I now know my Carvin amp wasn't the problem, it was my bass. Perhaps it just needed new strings, I don't know. But, the Stingray is just such a phenomenal difference in tone, it's awesome. Plus, the Stingray is sooooo easy to play. It's like butter compared to my P-Bass. I now know my new bass and amp are going to bring me LOTS of happiness! Just thought I'd share.