Well after getting some great opinions from you guys I pulled the trigger on a squier Classic Vibe 50's P bass. I got it from zzounds, always a class act for 295.00. It arrived in two days and was well packed. I pulled her out tuned her up and I must say I like the sound. It doesn't have the low end growl of a standard p bass but the mids and highs are raspier and cleaner. I will say the out of the box set up blows the neck has a lot of positive relief and the action is like an inch high. But I love the feel of the neck. I would say that it's more of a modern p neck, except for the fret wire. It's not as thick as my 1975 p bass neck profile. I like the high mass bridge with the brass Sadler but I wish she was string through body. The volume pot works great and isn't to loose but the tone pot doesn't seem to affect the tone very much. I'm probably going to swap the wiring out for vintage type wiring with cts pots and a Jenson pio cap. The ill play with it for a while before I decide if I want to change the pick up, many have said this is a huge changer a d I have been considering the Duncan scpb-2 to add a little more low end growl, or the Fralin non split o overwound. I may also swap the pickguard out for a white just to make it look differant. Overall once the set up is sorted out I must say this is a lot of bang for your buck. The quality and build are way above the mim fenders I have been seeing lately. No it's not on par with my 2012 American p bass but not many basses are, I got a mutant cause my American sings like an opera diva.