just sold my MIM P-Bass Special. I couldn't like the sound it gave me. the bottom end, in particular the E string sounded hollow and really lacked punch. I swapped out the pickups for some DiMarzio's and it helped, but still sounded a bit hollow and really couldn't handle the low e like i wanted. now it isn't my amp rig. I run a mark bass 410 cab and little mark II head. my stingray and G&L sound magic. the G&L is tuned to Drop C and sounds better. my cheap cort 5 string (has a bart preamp and MK-1 as stock) sounds fantastic on the low b. now is it just the way P basses sound, or what? it was a MIM P-Bass, with a maple neck. Was it just a mixture of the maple neck or a MIM lemon. i want to make sure my replacement p-bass doesn't sound crap. i was looking at replacing it with a MIJ or MIA, depending on what i can afford.