Guitar Center Broken Sadowsky Rebirth ***Pic Heavy***

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  1. DeepDesertBeat

    DeepDesertBeat Gold Supporting Member

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    For those of you who may have remembered the atrocity that was committed at Guitar Center, when a beautiful used Sadowsky NYC Standard 4 was dropped and smashed.

    There is great news. I ended up with the Sadowsky, buying it from the second owner (post smashing). The Sadowsky was repaired by gluing only. After I picked it up, I took it to the great Pat Wilkins for his magic.

    When I went to Pat's shop, I had no idea what color I wanted. I wanted a diagnosis from Pat, then go from there. Pat said that he can sand and refinish it, but I have to go with a tinted clear.

    Again, I had no idea what color I wanted until I looked over on the rack and saw a Lakland trans pink. I was immediately sold. That was the color that I wanted, I also had Pat do a refret and refinish the neck. Given that Pat does Roger's finishing, I would be getting a "factory finish". The refret would essentially give my a "new" Sadowsky.

    After an approximately 5 week wait, my new baby was delivered.

    As a painful reminder, here is what came from Guitar Center.

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    This is how it looked when I got it:

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  2. DeepDesertBeat

    DeepDesertBeat Gold Supporting Member

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  3. cewillm

    cewillm #1 Adam Clayton fan Supporting Member

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    Awesome! Love how Pat even touched up the headstock.
  4. makaspar

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    Wow! It looks great!
  5. Hopkins

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    Wow, that is an amazing repair job, if you didn't know it was there nobody would ever even notice it. I didn't expect to see that trans pink when I scrolled down, it looks great with the black hardware.
  6. bassbenj

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    I agree and I love the honesty of the trans pink that still shows the repair if you look closely yet isn't noticeable at all from a distance. So much better than just using paint to cover a multitude of sins. Killer bass!
  7. Hopkins

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    Which is exactly what I would have done. But then again I am no Pat Wilkins, it takes an extremely talented man to pull that off. Especially after looking at the glue lines of the repair with the original finish on it, I would have never dreamed that would have been able to be hidden that well with a trans finish.
  8. DeepDesertBeat

    DeepDesertBeat Gold Supporting Member

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    With the refret, the whole neck and headstock was sanded and refinished, it looks like new.
  9. DeepDesertBeat

    DeepDesertBeat Gold Supporting Member

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    I tell you, I was floored when Pat brought it out of the case. I had no idea what to expect and could not believe how well the repair was done.

    I could have gone darker and cover up more of the repair damage, but I am glad I didn't.
  10. mapleglo

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    That is amazing. I love the trans pink with the black hardware. Very classy.
  11. Baird6869

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    Amazing work. Great colour too.
  12. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    That is almost hard to believe without the before pictures great job.
  13. Greg_S

    Greg_S Gold Supporting Member

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    That is well beyond what I thought anyone could do with that damage. She's gorgeous!
  14. Evil Undead

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    That looks awesome.
  15. malthumb

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    Being able to see every day what Pat did for my beat-to-hell '79 Sabre, I am not in the least bit surprised at how yours turned out. Pat is definitely a master craftsman.

    You picked wisely. Beautiful outcome.
  16. SolarMan

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    Everything that I see with Pat Wilkins' name on it (and that seems to be more and more lately) is superb. Yours proves that he is a problem solving engineer as well.

    Congrats - Looks freaking fantastic!
  17. davr35

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    That is one beautiful bass. I love pink basses
  18. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Gold Supporting Member

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    Fantastic repair job! NEW LIFE! :)
  19. wild4oldcars

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    Dude, i have those sheets in the first couple pictures on my bed. Weird.

    Oh, and congrats on the resurrection.
  20. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

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    One of the best threads on TB

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