Sadowsky MV5 vs. Fender JB MIA 70's RI FSR

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Andy V., Feb 26, 2010.

  1. Andy V.

    Andy V.

    Nov 5, 2006
    I scored a mint MV5 pretty cheap.
    It's a nice bass, but since it doesn't have the VTC I'm having a hard time getting that old school tone (tone pot dimmed).

    Now, there's an used Fender JB MIA 70's RI FSR.
    It has matching headstock, it's mint, got case, ashtrays, etc...
    You know the story, only a few made in 2002 for export.

    The store is asking 2.000,00 euros for it.
    Or I can trade my MV5 for it.

    Dumb move?
    What do you think?

    It's this bass: vs. this bass:
  2. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    It's really going to depend on what you really need, re: a 5 string vs a 4 string.

    I used to have one of those FSR RI Jazzes, and it was an awesome bass. The neck was slim, and the pickups were pretty powerful.
  3. Andy V.

    Andy V.

    Nov 5, 2006
    I really dig the MV5.

    But the looks of those FSR JB's... :D
  4. svtb15

    svtb15 Inactive

    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig. Q+
  5. Double Agent

    Double Agent Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    Lakeland, FL
    To me, you can talk about the virtues of a Sadowsky or a Fender all you want, but this boils down to one simple you prefer a 5-string or a 4-string? Answer that question and you'll know which bass to choose.

    BTW, this is a great problem to have IMO. :D
  6. Andy V.

    Andy V.

    Nov 5, 2006
    Yep...thought about it...
    Seems to be the most logical thing to do...

    But the GAS...oh the GAS...

    I prefer 4 stringers just a tad over fivers.
    But it's just a tad...I can't make a decision based only on it... :bawl:

    The fender is shown in this video:
    Amazing sound that is.
  7. bhubb3rd

    bhubb3rd Gold Supporting Member

    May 27, 2006
    Bradenton, FL
    After owning many of both, my experience has been the B string on the Fender can't compare to the Sadowsky, so going back to another post, do you want a 5 or a 4? Also, I used to be more influenced by cosmetics, but for me anyway, I have become a 100% Sadowsky guy. Still have several Fenders because I am attached to them, but I don't really play them anymore. They just kick ass, are versatile and generally get any job done. The suggestion to add the VTC is an excellent one, I prefer a less bright sound and the VTC is a must have for me, all my Sadowsky's have it. Of course, this is my experience, yours may and probably does vary! Good luck with your decision.
  8. marchone

    marchone Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    4-string vs 5-string is a good question. Assuming 4 is the answer sell the MV5 now that you know Sadowsky's quality and put the money towards a new Will Lee Model in the color combination of your choice.
  9. I owned the LPB version of the Fender and I gotta say I was disappointed with it. The pickups were weak compared to other similarly priced (and some cheaper) J's I've owned, those vintage type Fender bridges are awful, and the finish on mine chipped very easily. I would stick with the Sadowsky. That said, everyone else I've seen comment on those J's loves them so who knows?!
  10. Andy V.

    Andy V.

    Nov 5, 2006
    I think I'll add "buying a VTC" to my to do list for next week.

    Guess you can have looks AND sound awesome.
  11. Andy V.

    Andy V.

    Nov 5, 2006
  12. gillento


    Oct 15, 2005
    Luxembourg, Europe
    Nordstrand pickups
    I am gonna be really blunt :bag:

    Sadowsky all the way!!!!
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