I have just recently done some mods to a bass I bought for $150. Its a Mitey Mite P-bass I bought used. It has a maple body and maple neck. I painted the pickguard in black and the dots are black, sleek! The bass came with a split-P Dimarzio and for Stingray-like tones, I added a Bartolini MusicMan pickup by the bridge. The pickup has a preamp w/bass,treble,mid, and mid Q. So I added a few more chrome knobs. I'll be darned if it doesn't pull off Stingray,Sabre,and P-bass tones. I am tickled it was so easy! So all you amateur luthiers out there lets see your "Frankenbasses"! (I'd love to show mine, but no camera). Tisk.