To the Group - I need some advice from folks who have more experience that me. Keep an open mind but give me your thoughts. I am not a gigging pro or even a gigging semi-pro (Nor do I want to be.) All I want to do is explore bass playing to the best of my ability and maybe even get good enough to be the backup bassist in my church. I've been playing bass for less than a year and I own a nice selection of basses (see my sig.) What I do NOT have however, is a Precision bass. Most of what I have is skewed to the classic Jazz sound. (Even my P-bass special has two J pickups.) I have read all of the things people say about the P-Bass sound and I decided to play one at a local music store. For better or worse, I picked up a Fender American model and now I understand the essence of the P-Bass tone. Whoa! I grew up listening to R&B/Funk/Urban gospel and I know that sound! Thick, thumpy, and Phat! Bottom line: I gotta have that tone in my arsenal. Unfortunately, I don't have a whole lot of $$ around right now. (Hey, it's Christmastime and money is tight!) That leads to my question ... I'm not sure what to do but I basically have 4 options: 1) Add some Quarter Pounders to my Optek Fretlight. Before you sneer, please know that in addition to the whiz-bang electronics, this is an excellent instrument. Solid alder, excellent neck, good bridge. I've had my bass tech look over it and he's very impressed by the playability and construction.) The problem is that its P/J pickups are terrible. Microphonic, thin & boxy sounding. 2) Buy an SX from Rondo. Since I'm not gigging, I suppose it won't matter if it's not the highest-quality bass out there. Theoretically, it IS a P-bass and it would allow me to explore the P-bass tonality. One could also make an argument for adding some QP's to this bass as well. (I will say that I would rather have a White one and Rondo doesn't make a white P-Bass.) 3) Wait a while and buy a Mexican P. Not the best P available but it is a known quantity. Easy to sell if/when I want something better. Equally easy to mod to my tastes. The downside is that I'd have to wait a couple of months and I don't wanna! 4) Wait much longer and buy an American P. Very nice instrument! Sounded great, felt great -- everything one would expect -- the "Essence of PBass-ness." On the other hand, these things are EXPENSIVE!!! It'll be the better part of a year before I can afford this thing! (Besides, I have a Marcus Miller 5 on my 'long term saving-for' list but that's another topic.) As we know, TB'ers are an opinionated lot and I would like to hear those opinions. I've done my share of thread searching, people asking, and Internet researching. I realize that its ultimately my decision but I need some interactive feedback. Can ya'll help a Brother out?