I start with stating my point of reference P bass is a maple neck Am Special with Fender Original 62 pick ups. Wanting an alternate P bass so i can more easily switch between flats, rounds, etc, I ordered a new American Professional, sunburst/rosewood, directly from Fender. My idea was to have two P basses on different ends of the tonal spectrum, and that's pretty much exactly what I got. Fit, finish, initial impression The finish was as perfect as i could tell, joints, screws, HW, etc was all tight. The fingerboard is a nice dark rosewood a hint of reddish black stripping. The body appears to be one piece, or if it is two, i certainly cannot see a visible glue joint no matter how hard I look. Weight wise, it's about 8.5-ish pounds....lighter than a 70's boat anchor Jazz, but heavier than a MIJ Basswood Fender. I wouldn't want it to be any heavier, but it certainly isn't too heavy. On a side note, its nearly perfectly balanced. Bridge-Tunners Yes, the bridge is nicer than the typical Fender bent plate. It does take some getting used to stringing through the body. Also when stringing through the bridge, it wants to lock the ball in place, so you need to be careful not to twist the string. All in all a nice bridge, just different that the old ones, and you need to change how you put strings on. The same can be said of the tuners, an improvement over the old larger post ones, again just different. I had to rethink how long i cut the strings, you can only get about two wraps around the small tapered post, so they need to be much shorter than I was used to. Great tuners, light, stays in tune and the taper really does give you a better break angle with less wraps. V-Mod Pickups Im still on the fence about these, they are nearly the opposite of the Original 62's, being smoother, tighter low and low mids and a bit scooped upper mids. The Original 62's in contrast are very upper/mid forward and super ganky....nearly too much so with bright rounds, but great for that sound. The thing with the v-mod is that the E string is the same volume as the other strings, this is not the case with most P bass's, it doesnt bloom really huge if you come down on it hard....even when unplugged, unlike my other P. Also the E and A(less so) are a bit softer sounding than the D and G. At first I did not like this and was thinking i would swap the pickups out, however I found it really works in a live setting. You can get big/full notes on the E and A, while having the D and G cut better while not being thin sounding. Overall the pickups are very clear, smooth and tight/dry sounding, you can hear every note clearly across the fretboard. I like them just fine, but may experiment with something else, just because there are so many great P pickups out there. Neck Great neck feel, feels bound, with smooth edges. The profile is a bit thicker and rounded front to back than the Am Special, which is flatter. I find it really comfortable, as your hand and fingers are not scrunched up too much, nor is the neck to big or wide, it seems just right. My favorite neck feel at the moment, I can go all night and am less cramped up. Overall Im very happy with the purchase, nothing was missed quality wise, the hard case with TSA locks is very nice and much better quality than the ones in the past. The bass plays and sounds great, its tone is smoother, tighter and less ganky than my other P bass, this is true even comparing them side by side unplugged. So between these two, I can really cover a lot of different situations. When accompanying an acoustic or when there is nothing else in the low end, say piano and lighter guitars, the AM Pro really fits well, is crystal clear and fills the space nicely.