I have played/owned a few different P basses (not all Fender) over the years and some were able to produce this great "thwack" type of sound when I hit them really hard when playing fingerstyle. Not all of them were able to get that sound however. (The best actually came from an Ibanez Roadstar P bass style) I am shopping around for a new bass, and I have decided that it will be a P bass, and I am hunting for ones that can produce this characteristic sound. I will most likely pick up a bass based solely on what looks and feels right to me, so if the tone isn't 100% there I have no problem changing pickups. So my question to you all then is.... What P style pickup's can produce this tone, or maybe more specifically, what is it about some that were able to get this, and others that couldn't? I did observe that no active bass got it (though I only tried one active P, so this may not be fair) I suspect that it might in part be output based (hotter output) as the sound is only really there when I hit the bass hard, but it could also be a characteristic of P basses and just plain hitting them that hard. Thoughts or suggestions?