Well, I am getting quite a bit of conflicting opinions about shortscale basses. Some say they tend to have a muddy sound because their string tension is low. Others say yes, they tend to be muddy but its not because of string tension as their tension is the same as a full scale 34". Still others say they dont have a muddy sound at all and give me a long list of quality shortscale basses. To remedy the problematic muddyness some say mod the bass to String Thru Body. This will clear up the muddyness because string thru body design gives more tension because of the break-point of the strings. Other say no, no, no string tension is determined by the measurement of the length of the strings contact point to contact point. String thru body will not increase tension and overall STB is useless. Please pick numbers of the corresponding option you believe to be correct. Maybe give a few reasons too? 1. shortscale basses tend to be muddy because of low string tension. 2. shortscale basses are not usually muddy. 3. string thru body design will increase tension and therefore eliminate the muddyness. 4. string thru body design will not increase tension. 5. Other (something I missed?) I am using an SX shortscale p-bass with SPB3 sd quarter pounders. I just bought these pups so I am going to have to make them work. The rig I play thru is: sansamp para driver as preamp (yes blend is off) >> AI SA Focus >> GK410B (this is the rehearsal studio's cab, but it is what I am using at practices and therefore for comparison purposes.) If you have any other tips as how to reduce muddyness / increase clarity I am all ears.