Sound better is a matter of opinion, not a fact! but here we go again with the overpriced items in the market.... what's overpriced? A '65 piece of pre-cbs falling apart for 10k?... a fodera for 7k?... I built lots of "parts" basses for long and liked them, some more some less. I owned 3 Sadowsky and, I'm sorry but there is a reason why lots of pro players use them..... I'm not saying they are not expensive, but when I read some of the pointless and ignorant reply here on TB (I'm talking in general, right now), I feel sorry for this business market!