I want to love P basses. I love how they sound in recordings and so many artists I like use them and make them sound great. However, when I go and try one out at GC I'm always left wanting a lot more. They always come out sounding thin and the tone control goes from absolutely no definition to clangy with no real middle ground. I think it might be because of the rigs I play through at GC. I think that once it's going through my rig and it hits the tube preamp, it will beef up a lot. However, I do play them through ampegs at GC and Ampeg and Mesa are really a little bit more similar than different. Do P's sound great in recordings because of a host of post-production stuff that I won't be able to replicate live? I'm really tempted to get an MIA P5. I think I can make it work, but like I said... it's never left me speechless or anything. Thoughts/opinions/ideas? I'm definitely not trying to troll (I know a ton of you LOVE your P basses) because I want to like it... I just need your help to make me like it .