Hey there everyone! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. I learned to play bass on a fretless and I've used the same Warwick fretless since I was 14. However, over the past year or so I've become increasingly tired of the tone and I've considered selling the bass to buy a fretted 4. I recently started playing with a very gifted drummer and pianist in a funk/jazz/world music combo and I believe that it is finally time to invest in a new bass that I can use as my new main player. I have spent a great deal of time researching potential candidates, listening to recordings, and determining what would be the best fit for my playing style and genres. I'll be playing through an Epifani UL502 and Bergantino HT112ER. I've narrowed it down to the following three: Nordstrand Nordy VJ4 Elrick NJS 4 Sadowsky Metro MS4 Ideally, each would have an ash body and maple fingerboard. The Nordy would most likely be fitted with the Audere preamp and big singles while the other two would use their stock pres and j p/us. In terms of neck shape/comfort, I am completely unfamiliar with the differences between the three. If anyone could provide some insight in that aspect I would be extremely grateful. Regarding tone, based on the recordings that I have heard the Sadowsky seems to have a brighter, edgier and mid-rangey tone compared to the Nordy and especially the Elrick. To my ears (based solely upon recordings) the Elrick seems to be the warmest of the three and the Nordy mimics the hallowed vintage J-Bass tone. Would these be accurate descriptions or would someone be able to fill me in on a more accurate idea of the individual tonal characteristics? If it helps, I never slap so I'm interested in the fingerstyle tone of each. I'm still unsure as to which bass I am most interested in. It's probably between the Nordy and Elrick, but I am not shutting out the Sadowsky or any other bass for that matter. I look forward to hearing what you all have to say. Thanks so much!