I've always played MIA Precisions, but for some reason I got it into my head that my life would be complete if only I owned a Stingray. So I sold my P and bought a 2000 'Ray. Big mistake. With no EQ the D and G strings sound very thin and harsh and nothing I do seems to make any difference. Playing with a band they just disapear into the mix. To make matters worse I can't even sell the damn thing. One guy who came to see it said he didn't think it sounded as fat as other 'Rays. So is it just a question of EQing it right and has anyone got any suggestions. I've also heard it said many times that Fender quality can be very variable. But surely not Musicman. The build quality is absolutely superb. Could it be the wood used? Incidentally I've bought a MIJ Jazz and it sounds awesome, and is the only bass I now use, and I'll be getting a MIA when I can afford it.