I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. The only thing that Sadowsky and Fender have in common is their shape. Completely different playing and sounding basses. You can make an argument that my Lakland's are Fender "clones", but after playing a Metro for 6 years, the Sadowsky is just a Fender wannabe characterization only comes from those who have never actually played a Sadowsky. FWIW, I no longer own my Metro MV4, but loved everything about it. I just wanted to revert back to mainly passive instruments. If I ever do buy another bass, there's a great chance that it will be a Sadowsky.