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The Japanese-built Sadowsky Ultra-Vintage '70s Jazz Bass stands head and shoulders above the Fender Jazz. It's the smoothest Jazz I've played in terms of both sound and feel, and can get both old-school or a more modern sound, thanks to its super hi-fi preamp. Joe Osborn, Paul Jackson, Bootsy; it can do them all. It also excels for slapping and popping, with the center detent between the two pickups being about the most perfect Marcus Miller sound, and the neck pickup sounding great for a throaty old-school Larry Graham sound.