I went to Guitar Center today to try out some basses. I've been battling whether to get a P Bass or a Jazz bass. I prefer jazz necks by far, but the P bass just has a certain tone that I always want, but the necks have always seemed way to big for my liking. I walked in and played a MIM jazz bass. Great neck, love the feel. Solid tone. I played a squire jazz. Surprisingly similar to the MIM! But I can tell why one is more expensive. If I had to choose between those two I would take the MIM, but the Squire is solid (this surprised me). Then I picked up a bass that I've been very curious about, the MIM P/J bass (not the active one). Awesome neck. Horrible tone (IMO). The P pickup was alright, but the Jazz pickup seemed pointless. I would never use it. I guess I can cross this bass off of my wishlist. Tried a sunburst MIM P bass. It has that tone. Wow. For me, the tone of this MIM P bass was worlds above any of the jazzes I had tried. So much more versatile, it's the bass sound I hear in my head. And to my surprise, the neck wasn't bad. Not as comfy as the jazz neck, but not an issue. I wouldn't complain about the P neck, despite my past experiences (maybe it's because I'm used to Vintage Reissue P's, which have huuuge necks). I picked up an American Standard P. Felt good, the neck felt like higher quality than the MIM (probably osmehting about the finish?). But my biggest shock was that the MIM P Bass sounded way better (and I mean way better) than the American P. Blind sound test I would pick the MIM over the American any day. I tried a second American P, same thing. The tone on the MIM P bass was unreal. I never would have thought that the Mexican bass would blow the much more expensive American one out of the water. I tried the Jazzes again. It wasn't even worth comparing. I know what my next bass is. Anyone else experience this? Is it just that specific P bass, or are all current MIM P basses incredible? I can't tell what it was!