Sadowsky hum-cancelling PJ pickups
Sadowsky preamp system w Vintage Tone Control
fully shielded,board leveled,extensive fretwork,
& new components pro installed by Sadowsky tech, Lisa Hahn
Mahogany body,Rosewood board,maple neck
setup w DR Sunbeam Short-scale set
Mikro gigbag (modern design,super compact,smaller than a strat bag)
super clean, near mint or mint https://www.facebook.com/kevin.moon....8313087&type=3
PHOTO ALBUM OF SADOWSKY-MIKRO CUSTOM
I lived right near the Sadowsky workshop at the time
I'd asked if they would make me a short scale bass,
..lightweight & small to save my back for rehearsals,club gigs..
..and generally, I just love the playability of short scales, & love a compact rig.
They expressed to me that it just wasn't possible,
Kevin suggested that I approach my favorite tech there & ask if they would build it for me in their own time,
after work. apart from the company,totally.
I had been getting surgically-precise setups and amazing tech work from Lisa,
she knew things about my playing style and how my intonation needs to be set to compensate..
Good service and efficient work is something that was always consistent when I dealt with the fine folks at Sadowsky Guitars, and may I just say on a side note, Lisa is one of the best bass techs in NY, I really trust my stuff with her.
I asked her if I could buy all the parts right there at Sadowsky,
..and I would buy a nice short scale bass new,
from Musician's friend,and just cannibalize the body and neck for it.
That was the original plan.
We originally considered putting on Ultralite tuners and the same bridge Sadowsky uses,
but the stock tuners and bridge felt fine,
it held a good tuning, and she was able to get it down to my standard string height.
we decided to leave them as is..and change them later if need be..they've been fine so far.
I saw no reason to waste money for replacing components that were performing efficiently.
The Sadowsky on-board preamp and hum-cancelling P/J set were purchased new at Sadowsky's workshop
The Ibanez Mikro was the shortest scale bass I could find that I really liked the feel of.
I wanted a small,modern looking package,
and I already had one of their GSR series basses in 34" scale,
and with its stock preamp disconnected, it sounded pure,woodsy,clear and full.
Straight out of the box, it was shockingly nice... organic,woodsy and beautiful sounding.
She did extensive fretwork..leveling,crowning..work on evening out the board..
shielded the cavity, drilled another hole for the 4th control
re-arranged everything to fit the preamp and fourth control
she replaced the input jack to the type they use on their basses.....
eventually she got it playing nicely, the way i liked it..
She knows the way i like my action, string heights and how I tend to play,
so it was set up and intonated to suit my needs,
..with low action,with a nice,lively,responsive feel.
..bends and vibrato are slightly easier for me, & the tension feels just snappy and tight enough for me.
Sadowsky onboard preamp was $270
Sadowsky P/J pickup set was $160
The Mikro was $180
Mikro gig bag was $20
short scale sunbeams $27
dunlop straplocks $14
the tech work was $600
( installation of preamp and pu's, routing,
board & frets completely leveled,crowned and brought up to standard,
everything shielding, drilling for the extra control knob,
new input jack installed,,rearranging of input jack,general deconstructing/reassembly & setting up..) the above adds up to $1271 before tax,
total cost for the whole project was $1383.80
Although the upgrades and work on the frets made a very big difference..
To me, it sounds like a more modern,expensive bass...fuller range, and tighter,heavy lows.
The VTC is great at getting more vintage,softer tones..
like a passive Pbass tone knob, it rolls off some brightness.
You can still go passive,
but the preamp compliments this bass nicely.
I prefer using it, subtly..
Turning the highs and lows off essentially makes it flat,passive.
Then I ease up my preamp according to the what I need at the time
The bass is huge and tight sounding, clear and articulate,
the low end is massive..
..the mahogany body,the short scale & the preamp all add to the deep lows I can get with this instrument.
..that was a 1x12 I was going through on the first video, with no effects.
listen to that video with nice headphones.. it has a great low end.
a few of my bass playing friends and colleagues prefer it over my Roscoe LG-3000
The passive mode is great, the passive Pbass thing is somewhat authentic sounding
& the bridge pickup Jaco thing is fun,I get some nice,organic tones..clear harmonics..
I think the mahogany body & rosewood board combined with the shorter scale & the Sadowsky stuff all balances nicely.
I invested $1383 in her Price is $850 shipped PRICE DROP $850 SHIPPED
I will pay shipping costs,pack her well and send her UPS insured.
So this is the absolute lowest I can sell her for.
No trades right now
There was a lot of time and effort put into her
I'd rather not sell her,but GAS makes us do dumb things..
She's a great,great bass..
super clean..treated perfectly,kept in case
..away from heat & dry environments,
never gigged,not a single issue, or ding yet.
I am in the NYC/east village area if u want to try her,and live in Forest Hills,35 min from midtown.
there are video sound clips on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-GQH8MY2Og SOUNDCLIP 1
I'm a bit of a low end freak, so u hear a lot of heavy lows in much of the clips,
this bass is well balanced and versatile.
both active and passive modes are quite good.
..Nobody expects this little bass to sound like a big,fat,woody P-bass..
but it can shake ceilings with the best of them.