So I have about $700-$1200 to spend on a P-bass. ($1200 is the absolute upper limit.) I absolutely want a swamp ash body, and vintage (or at least small) frets. No P/Js or bridge pickups. I prefer an active preamp (which limits me right there.) I also want to avoid parts basses, Warmoth, etc. Love that stuff, but I just don't have time for projects anymore. I need either a factory-direct bass in minty new condition, or a like-new used bass in original condition with few to no mods. So, with these picky requirements in mind, here's what I'm considering G&L SB-1 - I can order one with the specs I want and it will come out around $1100 - no active preamp but killer pickup. No string through body bridge, which I like, but doesn't really matter as G&Ls have awesome bridges. I own an M2000 and an L2000 which is both a reason to and a reason not to get a third G&L Carvin PB-4 - Pretty much meets all my criteria - would be about $1100. Bonus since it has an active preamp, string through body bridge, and I can even get stainless steel small frets. I don't like their tuning pegs, but I think I could replace those. The one downside is that it has a 1.54" nut and my mammoth hands prefer wider necks. I can do Jazz width but only if the profile/back of neck is meaty/chunky. Sandberg Electra VS4 - Not swamp ash but still a contender due to rave reviews, active preamp, and good price point. Jazz width neck works against it though. I'm not a huge fan of the black hardware on the sunburst ones but I can order a white/tort one from Germany for roughly the price of the ones that distributors have in the U.S. if I want. Fender '57 or '58 vintage series reissue P - About the only reissue Fender P (without the the 70s logo anyway, which I don't like) that has a swamp ash body, at least in olympic white. Small frets, cool anodized guard, nice wide neck, small frets, bone nut. Only thing I'm iffy on is the maple board. I prefer rosewood on a P bass for some reason. These are out of my range so I'd have to find a used one. Lakland Skyline Bob Glaub (44-64) - Can't really afford a US one. The Skyline Glaubs have ash bodies, I think. Small Lakland frets, string through body bridge, all the features I like. Unsure about the delrin (plastic?) nut but that could swapped for bone if I really want. A strong contender. Some nice ones in the classifieds, but wish I could order my own... I guess BestBassGear has them, but probably more than I want to pay.