I walked into a local music store that I never go in to (because its all low-end beginner gear) to get a shipping box and gigbag yesterday and saw what appeared to be a Pino Paladino(ish) bass at the end of the store. I had to wait a minute for the associate so I went over to investigate. It was, in fact, a sub $300 Squier Classic Vibe P bass in Fiesta Red. I picked it up (kinda heavy) and plugged it in and it sounded fantastic. I was pretty blown away by the fit and finish on it too. Maybe I have been out of the big production scene too long becuase I never remember Squier every putting out anything that ever resembled something I wanted to play. I have been thinking about it all day... Might have to make a stop to grab it on my way home from work. Anyone have any thoughts on these basses?