Rumor has it that the only difference between the NYC and ORIGINAL metro models was the chambering of the wood, and the fact that Metro basses were not available with custom tops. I cannot say this for certain, but based on the tone and playability of THIS bass, it seems quite true to me! What a killer bass this is. ALL the sophisticated WILL LEE electronics are in perfect working order-bass weighs right around 9lbs. And the color is just wonderful. There IS a blemish, and it hurts to write this. I've tried to capture it as best I can...it lays right underneath with the right arm goes,(NOT ON THE BODY) so it's basically unnoticeable, but it is there. Again, tone and feel are unaffected. Bass will come with original zero gravity SADOWSKY case. A super deal for a super bass.