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Opinions guys. Fender Mod Shop or Sadowsky Metro Express?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sml175, May 3, 2018.

  1. Sml175


    Nov 4, 2014
    Wife says if I sell my other she will pay 1/2 for my birthday. Looking at the Fender Mod Shop Jazz or Sadowsky Metero Express. I have a Sadowsky Metro Will Lee as well as a Fender Geddy Lee Jazz. Love them both. Just wanted to get an Ice blue Metallic jazz w 60s pups. Opinions, why. Thanks.
    Bassist Jay likes this.
  2. LoTone

    LoTone Clean as an Entwistle... Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    Quebec, Canada
    G&L USA?

    Just to add more confusion... :cool:
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  3. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    OP, you are talking apples and oranges. Do you want the classic passive Jazz tone or an active Jazz tone?
  4. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013

    Sell both and get an Alleva?
  5. Sml175


    Nov 4, 2014
    Passive, I have active i the Will Lee Metro. Although I do love that sound as well.
  6. Fender.
  7. danclaro

    danclaro Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2007
    Princeton, NJ
    If weight, fretwork, tight neck pocket, ability to boost bass and treble onboard, and customer service matter to you, I'd say go with Sadowsky. I believe that they come with humcancelling pickups, but you could put Fender's Pure Vintage 60s pickups in there and it would have that single coil vintage Jazz bass sound (and hum when the neck/bridge pickups are not full on). I don't know that you can specify a weight or weight range when ordering a Mod Shop bass, but the Metro Express basses are supposed to be around 8.5 lbs.


    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    Bass Player mag tests the Sadowsky in this months issue.
  9. Bassist Jay

    Bassist Jay

    Dec 28, 2009
    Sterling, CO.
    Endorsed by K.B. Guitars, Nordstrand Audio Pickups, Von York Strings and Gallien-Krueger Amps.
    Sadowsky. I’m going to be ordering my first one soon. Fender, basses have somewhat grown on me in the past few years but if I were given the choices you gave, I would take a Sadowsky every time.
  10. Picton


    Aug 16, 2017
    Reading, MA
    If you want something that sounds like a ‘60s Fender, then buy a Fender with pickups that sound like they were wound in the ‘60s.

    Not sure what’s hard about this.
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