I picked up up an american '62 reissue here on TB a while back, and its a great bass. Light, resonant, no bad dead spots, and a seriously great looking bass. The tone was very vintage, the pickup was very bright and sweet. Sounded great for earth wind and fire, but I'm a rocker. So I took the pickguard off, cranked down the truss rod to get the setup specs I like, and dropped in a Seymour Duncan "Hot for P-bass" (am I ever), and WOW ... reminded me why this is my favorite rock P pickup. It has an amazingly broad, deep, powerful tone with great balance through the mids. If you back off the tone control, the sound is huge without going murky. It just has a "strength" to the tone that I love from a P-bass. The exposed polepieces are a drag, but I can deal with it for this tone. I love Duncan's passive pickups.