Ok, so I'm looking for a great precision. It's the sound I love, everyone needs one at some point, etc. Now beyond that, I'm completely lost. There's fender (new and vintage), fender clones, stuff like lakland's glaub, and the list goes on. I realize there's some debate over vintage, but I've heard some stuff that seems to suggest that that would be the best road. I've heard that the wood gets more resonant, which I extremely important for me. My current MIA jazz and MM Stingray just don't sing on the E string like I'd like them to. I'd love a nice vintage where the notes jump off the bass at you, oozing with character. What are the general tonal differences for the vintage eras of P basses? Are there certain years that are generally better than others? Most of the bands that I dig seem to have the "vintage gone modern" sound. I see alot of 70's P's with DR hi-beams and picks. That's defintely the sound I'm going for. Super balsy and punchy tone with a little modern zing thrown on top, complemented with a fulltone bassdrive or sansamp to add a a little grit at times. Here's a clip of bassically my "holy grail" of tone from Thursday. I know for a fact that he uses vintage p's (i think 70's) with dr hi-beams Thursday "Tomorrow I'll Be Like You" (have to right click to DL) So if I go the vintage route, where do I start? I know I'm far more picky about sound than feel (I don't mind the switch from my jazz to 'ray at all), but what should I check for to make sure everything is in good enough shape to be a good player? Where do I go to play vintage? It seems like ebay has tons of vintage fender but that seems risky for not being able to play first or possibly getting ripped off. I live about 15 miles north of San Francisco. Any good places around? If I don't go vintage, is anything out there worth it for what I'm looking for? Lakland's bob glaub looks sweet but I know that it's modeled after a '64 not a 70's P, so I don't know if that would work out. Also, I've heard they have great construction, playability, and tone, but it's still not the same as something with "fender" on the headstock. What do you guys think? So with all those thoughts, thus begins my quest for a P. Anyone got any ideas?