So I've been using the forums to enlighten myself b/c I'm interested in buying a P. The American Standard and anything above is out of my price range. I was looking into the Highway 1 and the Standard. (side question: The P-Bass Standard, the one in the 400$ price range, are MIM correct?) If such is the case, I've read that the Highway 1 and the Standard P tend to be not far off in quality and sound. Obviously I would like to save money so rather than hunting down a Highway 1, which seem to be physically less abundant in music stores, what are some quick ways in determining a "gem" of a Standard P-Bass? I know quality control of Fender has been discussed so other than sound and how it plays in the store, what are some things one can do to quickly determine the quality, visually. I've played my friends squier and I can definately feel the cheapness in my hand. I feel like I have to play it softer or it will break! Anyways, I'm in a fast hardcore punk band getting ready for tour in August. I have a Stingray 4 from the 80's (a real beaut!, the early model with the larger body, the input on the surface of the body, and only the volume, treble and bass controls!) Needless to say I dont want to bring it all the way from NY to Cali so I need something to stand beside my Yamaha BBN4. Please Help!