I think I got lucky on this one. Bought a new, off-the-shelf MIM P-Bass here in SF area California. Had it "Plecked" at SF works, (something every bass might want to consider), had La Bella flat 49-109's put on and a hipshot vintage (with the string ball shroud) bridge. That's it, and it sounds better than any of 5 other P-basses that I've owned in various configurations. As I was considering putting over-wound Lollar split replacement, I think I'll just leave it alone! I'm new to TB forums, but I'm so pleased with the tone out of this thing, I just had to throw it out there. I'm getting every tone descriptor that I've ever read here on the forums: tone up: a bit of growl, tone-rolled off: an absolutely round, heavy, not-airy or boomy, beautiful and quintessential P-bass tone. Those strings pull pretty hard on that poor MIM neck, but the action is low, no buzz, and plays like milk. All for under $850.00 - Amp is Ampeg PF500 to a 2x10 Mesa traditional. Keeps my neighbors happier, because night-time is headphone time. My next thread will pursue about 1,000 questions for all y'all experts and pro's out there. TB is fantastic.