Not to beat a dead horse, but I went from being a staunch Sadowsky guy to now having a Fender as my main bass and here's why: Btw, I've owned/own Sadowsky NYC 5s, Metro 5s, Fender Custom Shop 5s, American P and J 5s (2010 & 2012), MIM 5s, and Squier 5s. 1) Sound: They don't sound the same at all; the only similarities they share is the headstock shape and that's it. IMO, Fender sounds more "analog" and Sads sounds more "digital", meaning, Fender has more grit to it's sound, a bit more humming/buzzing when the pickups are soloed, less high end treble, but IMO, they sound fuller in the types of situations that I play in, especially the D and G strings. 2) Looks: Sads win in this category, hands down, unless you have a thing for the Fender logo. 2) Playability: Sadowskys are consistently made well, whereas there is a lot of variance in Fender, even in the Custom Shops, so you just have to find a Fender that doesn't have that infamous ramp on the fretboard and one where the nut slots and neck pockets have been cut correctly. So in a way, by the time you find a good Fender, you might be saving money by just getting an NYC; then again, you can get lucky and find a good Fender right off the bat, especially if you're getting a 2010+ Fender. For me, "good" Fenders were more playable than Sadowskys NYCs because of the narrower neck (side-to-side; same nut width as Sadowsky, but Sads fan out wider as you go up the neck), 18mm spacing vs. 19mm, radiused neck and fretboard vs Sad's very flat radiused boards. I've had no trouble slapping on 18mm, but some may prefer 19mm for this reason. The neck thickness (front-to-back) and the overall craftsmanship on the 2010 and later Fender 5s rival that of Sadowsky, I see no real differences there (there, i said it ). I can play difficult passages a bit easier on my 2012 Am Jazz Std V than on my Sad NYC 5. Sadowksy NYCs definitely win in the weight category, but then again, there is a very slight neck dive, which makes your shirt bunch up on your left shoulder whereas most Fender 5s balance evenly because of the longer body shape. Again, I've had Fender 5s that were 9.5-11.0 lbs, so you just have to pick a good one. Btw, Sweetwater posts pics and weights of each individual bass, so if you're considering a Fender, you should check them out. This was important to me too: The shorter body of the Sads extends the headstock further away from your body, not only causing a slight neck dive, but making the bass look a lot longer when you're playing it. Also, when you're fretting the low F on the E string, it and forces you to reach a little further with your left hand, kinda as if you were playing a 35" scale. That's why 35" with longer bodies don't really feel long, such as with MTDs. I was playing my Sad once and a friend said "damn, that's a biiig bass", I think he was commenting on how long it looked on me (i'm 5'10", 165). As far as NYC vs. Metro, the differences are weight, fancy top options available only on NYCs, and slight neck thickness differences, with NYCs being thinner. Sadowsky says that there are no differences in the NYC vs. Metro necks, but I've played them side by side for months and there is a difference; maybe I'm crazy. So again, it boils down to personal preference, but all I'm saying is that you don't have to pay Sadowsky prices to get a top notch Fender style bass anymore, especially after the 2010 & 12 Fender Vs came out. Don't get me wrong, I still love me a good Sad that's under 8.5 lbs with single coils and a fancy top and board .