So I have a Stingray (1998). It's a beautiful bass. Solid as a rock. Still smells like maple syrup when you take it out of the case. like I said this ray is a rock. I've taken it out of the closet after 6 months and it was still in tune and the action was perfect (unlike my fender that i have to adjust almost weekly). This thing is a fine instrument. Despite all this I never play it! I just don't dig the sound or the feel as much as my fender. On top of this it was a high school graduation present from my parents so it has some sentimental value. AND i've been playing on some fender american p-basses lately. I like em....i don't know something about me likes the old school mojo of j and p basses. with the info above would you look into trading or selling the ray for a p-bass? think the fact that it was a gift is holding me back the most.