I just got a new Fender MIM P-bass. It doesn't seem to have any dead spots, has a good setup, and the craftmanship looks great to me. I had a washburn that sounded 'rubbery'. In comparison, my new P sounds 'woody'. I like the tone. And I've compared to the MIA Ps, and to me, the extra cost doesn't seem justifiable. Although not in the best setting, at the store the MIA just sounded a little hotter/louder, but not really tonely different. I mainly play guitar, but have gotten into bass for recording purposes. Midi bass is lame. I won't gig or travel with my bass. It will only be played in my home studio and kept in a hard case. I record direct into a Boss GS-10 and into my computer's Delta sound card. Now, I read on the net that everybody does and says, "Get a MIM P-Bass and replace the pickups and bridge." If I'm only using my bass at home, is the stock bridge good and sturdy enough and hold up? Does it really affect the tone that much? I was thinking of getting the Fender 'Original 62 P-Bass' pickup. I want something that will enhance the tone I have and make it better. Is this a gamble if I already like the tone or is an improvement pretty much guaranteed? Has anybody upgraded their MIM pickups and gone back? Can these pups be dropped in simply with no re-drilling? Is the MIM P-Bass a solid, quality bass in it's own right or is replacing the pups and bridge a mandantory no-brainer?" Thanks.