I have been using a Jerry Jones longhorn bass as my primary instrument for almost 15 years. I have played a few of the longhorn reissues. They are fine, I'm not a huge fan of the matte finish. I have played the Hondos too, though have never owned one. I think the sound of whichever you choose will be more dependent on the type of strings you use and the amp rather than the P style pickup vs the lipsticks.