I am newly interested in bass after 47 years of guitar. I live in a remote area with few stores. On a trip to the city, I stopped in a store and tried 3 Fenders, a MIA P-Bass, a MIM Jazz V, a MIM P Bass Special. The P Bass Special has nylon tape wound strings and the other two have round wound nickel. The amp was a Fender Bassman 60. I put the tone controls on 5, the volume low and dimed the bass controls. The MIA P-Bass went thunk. That's was it, essentially a -0-. It had NO tonal quality. The MIM Jazz V sounded good and I could enjoy learning on it. The neck was wide, but easy to play. And I really liked the low B string. The MIM P-Bass sounded real warm and well rounded, and the neck was great. I had a very positive reaction to it. So, was it the nylon tapewound strings, the pickup combination on the P Bass Special, was something wrong with the MIA P Bass? Should I have done something else with the amp? Does one of these basses particularly react well or poorly to tjos amp? I can't get to stores to play a lot, about an hour every couple months. So that means I don't have time to really learn the amps. I figure I will get a bass and a used amp and then practice for a year before making changes.