Today is a good day! This is the "happy ending" following several posts about replacing the pups in my Sadowsky: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=161622&highlight=sadowsky http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=159859&highlight=sadowsky My objective was NOT to improve on the Sadowsky tone (it's darn good), but to obtain a Fender-sounding bass with first-class construction. The first pups I installed were Linday Fralins. They sounded good but when A/B'd against a pair of Fender J-basses, it was obvious that they weren't exact Fender replacements; the low-end was especially lacking. Therefore, I ordered and installed a set of Fender Custom Shop '60s pups in my maple/ash Sadowsky--the results are phenomenal. I spent all morning with the local Fender salesman/bass extraordinaire A/Bing the Sadowsky with his stock of Fender Jazz Basses. I take all my basses to him for fun [showoff ] and in return he cuts me good deals on accessories. Every time we A/B J-Basses, he always says that my basses are missing a little this or that relative to the true Fender J-bass tone. Today was no different, he said the same thing, "It's missing alittle of this/that". I replied, "What!" He then clarified, "I was talking about the Fenders". His final comments: - This sounds like a d@mn good Jazz bass. - This is what you get when you order a Fender Custom Shop. - This is the best I've ever heard this bass sound. My take? This bass NAILS the Fender tones and more. I prefer the passive mode for "authentic" Fender tone and active mose for "Fender on roids". I have Sadowsky stainless steel strings on it and it sounds less bright than my morado/alder Sadowsky (stock pups) with nickel strings. My other Sadowsky sounds equally as good but different. I'll never again say that the Sadowsky basses sound like Fender on roids, because they don't. I eagerly encourage anyone looking for authentic Fender tone in a high quality bass to install a set of Feder CS 60 pups in a Sadowsky Metro or equivalent. My search for a jazz bass of any kind ends right here.