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70's style Sadowsky jazz for fingerstyle only?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kurisu, May 11, 2006.

  1. Kurisu


    Nov 19, 2003
    Saskatoon SK
    The concensus seems to be that to get a Marcus style slap tone you need a 70's pickup position. But what if you never (ever) slap? Is there any reason to get a 70's over a 60's style jazz?

    I'm trying to decide between a Sadowsky UV70-RW5 and a RV5. I like a deep woody tone, and will probably play with the blend heavily towards the neck pickup. (Sometimes I want a Geddy tone, but I have a feeling a 60's style placement + pick/fingernail will get me as close as I would want... Right?)

    Is it silly to want the UV70 simply because it's frakken gorgeous??? Or in the end it really doesn't matter that much and I should get what looks the best? :help: :D
  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I don't see why you couldn't buy a 1970's Sadowsky for fingerstyle. Heck, Bovinehost loves Stingrays and doesn't slap. Buy the bass and play it like you want to.
  3. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    No reason not to. I'm a fingerstyle player 99.9 percent of the time, and I'd love a UV Sadowsky.
  4. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    I play 80% fingerstyle, 15% pick, 5% slap ... and I love my UV70 for all of it!

    Has a lot more bite than the RV5 I used to have, but isn't as thick n' rich sounding.

    Both are amazing.
  5. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    You'll love the UV's. There is a black one for sale on ebay by Nino. It was mine first. it's awesome and only weighs 8.8lbs

  6. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    i own a fender '75 RI jazz with the 70's pickup placement. i ONLY play fingerstyle too. its great man, it helps to cut throught the mix more. a little more punch to it. get the 70's sadowsky.
  7. i too only play fingerstyle and prefer the 70's spacing for that reason - it doesn't interfere with my plucking hand. my Geddy bass is really comfy on my right hand, but i may unload my 2000 MIA jazz due to the pickup spacing...
  8. RudeMood


    Nov 7, 2004
    Austin, TX
    I play fingerstyle funk/Motown/rock and use a Sadowsky RV4 with single coils - I never slap. It has an agressive bite to it, but with the VTC I can dial in some pretty thick, bassy tones. I actually have the VTC up almost full most of the time.
  9. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Get what you really want. Just because you can slap it, doesn't mean you have to...

  10. Kurisu


    Nov 19, 2003
    Saskatoon SK
    I guess what I'm worried about is this: does the 70's placement of the pickup make fingerstyle too "thin" sounding?

    But I'm definately leaning towards the binding and blocks...
  11. BigMikeW

    BigMikeW Banned

    May 25, 2005
    Nashville, TN.
    Banned by TB Administration for refusal to account for funds

    NO! It is about a 1/2 inch further back. No big deal. If you find it to bridge heavy then roll forward more to the neck pickup.

    I have played a UV5 and thought it was very nice.
  12. mgbass


    Mar 31, 2004
    Northern KY
    I have had both in 5 stringers, I prefer the regular (60's) position. I thought the RV's had a bigger, fuller sound.

    Both are excellent bass's, and this is just my opinion, with the RV you can roll the blend towards the back pick-up if you really want to dig in for that 70's sound, that said you can do the same with the UV if you roll the blend toward the neck position you can get the fuller sound you are looking for.

    It basically comes down to look and weight, in some cases the 70's models are a bit heavier than the 60's models.

    So....its all about what you want it to look like, either bass will kill it !!!!
    Good luck
  13. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    I have a Marcus Miller bass, which is similar to what I think you are describing, and understand your question pretty well - it's one I was wondering for a long time as well before I bought my bass!

    Some days it sounds really great, and some days it does sound kind of thin. I actually found that leaving my amp eq flat (and putting it on the acoustic 360 setting) gives me the best fingerstyle tone. With a very bright bass like that I jumped the gun and started eqing it like crazy before I realized that it sounded fine just on its own.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Sadowsky's play very well with some nice fingerstyle, thats how I allways play mine.
  15. Kurisu


    Nov 19, 2003
    Saskatoon SK
    Hey Cheeze,

    You have a Darryl Jones, right? Do you ever find it a bit thin sounding? What is your pickup blend usually set at?
  16. bass_drum


    Feb 13, 2005
    Whats the difference is the pickup placement between the 60's, 70's and current jazz basses?
  17. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    I usually run the pickup right in the center. I dont find it thin at all.
  18. bass_drum


    Feb 13, 2005

  19. Kurisu


    Nov 19, 2003
    Saskatoon SK
    From what I've read here, the 70's bridge pickup is a 1/2" closer to the bridge.
  20. IMO, if you want a fat fingerstyle tone, alder/rosewood is the way to go. I play mostly fingerstyle and I had a 70's jazz bass, and I didn't dig the sound. It didn't have the same thick low mids.

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