Originally Posted by Mulebagger
Both are very well made and get fantastic sounds. Of course there are so many different models to choose from it would be hard to compare unless you had two examples.
I owned a JD Mastery 5 with Barts for a while, and currently have a Fodera Emperor Standard. My preference is for the Fodera in pretty much every way... ergonomics, sound, fit and finish. However, the JD was a fantastic instrument, just not my preference.
I also have a E5S, but I have always wonder about the JD's basses, they look really good. I though all their basses sounded the same, I thought the only change was the body style. Would you compared the JD sound like the Warwick sound? I hear some in YouTube and they sound very smooth.