I am sitting here listening jazz on the local NPR, and contemplating the nature of wood. I am saying to myself: "I have a sadowsky now, and it's all over for me bass wise, except maybe to get another sadowsky." Now, understand, I gave away a truly stunning MTD 535 to Mr. Simon Gonzalez of "H" town, AKA simongpaez, and am at this point quite the happy camper. I got to pop the 'live band' cherry on this bass, and can thus say this: Thick; no matter where on the neck I was, or how I had the eq set, it was all butter. But...... I fully understand the general principals of ash/maple basses vs. the sound of the rosewood/alder combos. That being said, with the addition of the Sadowsky EQ (including the VTC), does the natural midrange of the alder become more apparent? I now such a combo will provide a deeper slap tone, and will be more muddy if not tempered with note length, but will the fingerstyle reflect more midrange? Oh, and if anyone is interested, I might want to trade my MV5 in 59 burst + VTC for the same combo in rosewood/alder, hopefully white with a tort shell pic guard.