And I want to figure out why before I just start throwing money at the problem. The bass fine, it just doesn't have the typical P bass ping to it though. I bought a P-bass to get that classic piano like sound when I use a pick. This sounds more like 70's motown. It's a mutt of a bass, it has a MIM P neck on it. Could it be this? I had to shim the neck to correct the angled cut of the neck pocket, and instead of using a piece of wood, I used 2 guitar picks in the bottom of the pocket. Could bad coupling affect the sound that much? The neck pocket needs a shim, or needs to be leveled. With the neck in the pocket sans shim, you can see the neck rising out at an angle. ...or maybe this? I still have the stock SX pickup and pots installed. They seem to be reproducing the sound faithfully, but I have to wonder... this is a longshot... Could it be the strings? I have a new set of stainless Fat Beams on it. Nice strings, but they sound dampened a bit. The bridge is a Fender-esque bent tin bridge. The saddles look to be in good condition, no burrs, the strings look like they're making good contact across the radius. I've owned a few P-basses before, and I should have held on to at least 1 of them. A few were too bright. What can I do to make this one more...zingy? Disclaimer: I performed a search, couldn't find anything that gave me concrete answers.