So I recently purchased a 2012 Am Std. P. Good instrument, nice feel, and an okay sound. The 2012 models supposedly come with "custom shop" pickups. I've been told that the custom shop pickups are made in the same factory as fender "original vintage" pickups, so I thought that it might include the lauded fender original 62 pickup. Well, the pickup does sound okay, and it has the metal base plate and cloth wires suggesting a family resemblance to the 62, but it has one rather annoying feature that the 62 pickup lacks - raised pole pieces! Not to be nitpicky, but raised pole pieces have turned out to be a deal-breaker. I play over the pickup far too much, and unlike my Jazz, I can't seem to avoid moving my fingers over the poles, and it's wearing on my fingers. So, i figure this is an opportunity to try something new. I had an old frankenbass I haven't played in ages that I'd slapped some SPB-3 quarter pounders in a while back, so I yanked them out and threw them in the new bass. Well, the pole pieces aren't raised, but I'm not sure they're quite what I'm after. As I said, the stock pickup sounded okay, but I'm hoping I can get a sound a bit more to my taste with this exercise. The mids seem to be in the same sonic territory as the guitars, for instance, and though I can certainly FEEL the bass, I can't hear it as well as I would like. I don't mind EQ, but I like to get a tone as close to what I'm after before EQ, and then do the fine-tuning with the amp. My rig is all Genz Benz, and it has a pretty transparent character - what you put in is what you get out, only louder Anyway, the quarter pounders seem to benefit from a bit of low cut - they are a bit boomy normally, and a bit of low cut helps tame it. Still, though, I want another reference point before settling. They sound almost perfect pickstyle, I admit, but I rarely play pickstyle. First on my short list to try is the duncan SPB-2 - I've heard it has a fairly solid P tone but with the resonance shifted down a bit, which sounds perfect. I'm more than willing to sacrifice a bit of high-end response to get a little more meat in the low mids. I might also give the dimarzio Model P a try - I have Model Js in my Jazz and I've been quite impressed with them in that bass. The neck pickup, soloed, actually has a reasonably P-like tone that I dig, so perhaps that's a good indicator. Of course, there's also the fender 62 - a similar pickup without the raised pole pieces So, that's about it - I'd like to get a bit more low mid presence, rolled off treble is fine, and hopefully a bit tighter sound with less boomy-ness than the quarter pounders would be ideal. Am I on the right track? Any other suggestions are welcome as well.