Did a search and couldn't find any shootouts between these two. I've got a '97 J w/Nordstrands and an '03 w/Fralins and I'm only gonna keep one bass. The '03 has a J-Retro that I'm pulling out but I can't really get a bead on what the Fralins really sounds like as passive mode on the J-Retro is pretty limited. So, I'm taking both basses to my tech guy soon and I'd really dig some comparative opinions if anyone has them. I'd love to get this thing done in one shot. Anyone?