I made the switch to Ibanez basses in 1980. My Ibanez basses have been excellent performers. After being a regular member of TB for so many years I'm finally succumbing to the temptation of buying another P-bass. I know it's a different world now for Fender since the 80's. So I have some questions I hope you can help with. Sidebar: From the early 70's to the first part of the 80's my most loved bass was a Fender P-bass in sunburst. I literally wore it down to 'roadworn.' But the dead spots on the neck always bothered me. Normally was a very weak D and G, or sometimes a very weak A. Is it possible to get an authentic Fender P-bass with a narrow neck? I've been playing super fast 38mm necks for over 30 years. I know the Jazz is similar in size but I would rather have the shorter length of the P-bass. Also, has Fender more or less taken care of the issues of dead spots on the neck? That was really a problem in the 70's when I owned several Fenders. Also, what are the new pickups like on the new P-basses? Are they good right out of the box? Finally, MIA and MIM? How much better are the MIA's? For those of you interested in friendly help, thank you in advance.