Got the VM P (the amber finished maple one) today. Originally got it as a beater for dive bar gigs so my Ric wouldn't get trashed. Sonically at least, the VM kills the Ric. Louder, more definition, and much longer sustain. Much better lows, and even the highs are better. How can this be? Am I losing my hearing? Maybe I'm just a P bass guy at heart, but man, what a nice bass for 279 out the door.