Ok, so I couldn't resist the new Fender bug. I've always been a vintage Fender snob (I have 3 70's basses, just can't afford anything earlier!). Tried an '08 with noiseless pickups, and the first thing that knocked me out was the playability and craftsmanship. Really well made instrument, and just effortless playability. Sound wise it was nice, very mid-scooped and good for slapping. So I bought it (on 48 hour approval), used it on a gig - passed the gig test (though the sound on stage was kinda awful so it was hard to tell). Today I put new strings on it, gave it a setup and tried it against my trusty '73. It played like absolute gold but oh my god, no contest whatsoever. First of all, playing the 73 with the same settings on the amp nearly blew the amp up, it is just so much louder and ballsier of an instrument. The sound over a recording was so much easier to hear as well. Even though it's got a couple of subtle dead spots and buzzy areas it does play quite well and I can't believe I was about to sell it and keep the '08. I may keep the 08 for travel gigs, but the 73 is going nowhere! Curious if anyone else has done a similar test?