I was planning to write something before Roger responded to the Fender vs. Sadowsky thread. But, Roger put it best himself. I will say a few things from my experience. 1.) I have had contact with the Fender Custom Shop in the past. I was going to order one about six years ago. The bass would have cost me $3,500 in 1999. That is more than what Roger charged at the time. 2.) The customer service Roger and his staff provide are top notch. Even when I was entertaining dropping $3,500 at the Fender Custom Shop I never felt like they really cared a whole hell of a lot. I definitely felt like they wanted to make a great bass for me BUT I never felt "special". I guess that's how to put it. Roger and his staff are very personable and really make you feel like you are the only person they are buildign a bass for at the time you are talking to them. They have taken time to answer any question I had before I made the switch. 3.) Rogers preamp and pickups are head and shoulders above anything coming out of the Fender Custom Shop. 4.) One TB member posted that most boutique bass owners are not professionals and that the pros play the big names. That is partially true. BUT there is a huge reason. They get them dirt cheap or free. That's what took me so long to switch to Sadowsky. I had been in a situation for last 8 years where I was getting my basses for about 35% of retail! Read that part again. I was paying roughly $1,500 for a $4,200 bass. When Michael Anthony plays a Yamaha it isn't one of his Sig basses that was mass produced. It was a custom bass and it still cost him nothing. Stars and Top Artists love being spoiled and getting things for free and that is fine. But you have to know what you are talking about before you make a statement like this. 5.) I have said this before but, explain to me why someone who can get basses for free, or at 35% of retail OR better yet get PAID to play a manufacturers bass would ever decide to pay what Roger charges? Do you think there is something there? Do you think artists like Jason Newsted are stupid and just throw away over $26,000? That is about what Jason paid for the EIGHT basses he ordered from Roger. Also, he is still playing them. I haven't seen Jason stick with a brand this long. 6.) Sadowsky's are a tool. A valuable tool that does the job better than anything else in my opinion. I have played and used old, very old P basses and J basses in the past. They are very nice, some of them. But I would put my Sadowsky's up against them in a heart beat. For me, it is worth the price and I have gone from buying basses very cheap to paying full dollar for a Sadowsky. 7.) Finally, Roger is the kindest and most honest person I have encountered in this business (met a few more since meeting Roger). He is a genuine guy who really does care about you and making you happy. What price do you put on that. Anyway, I though Rogers remarks needed another look so I pasted them below.