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Alembic or Sadowsky ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stingrayz, Mar 28, 2006.

  1. Stingrayz


    Jan 15, 2006
    Hi all,

    If money was not an issue, which kind of bass would you get, An Alembic, or a Sadowsky.

    PS: money is not an issue, and if possible, tell me the pros and cons of the two basses... thanks
  2. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    Alembic hands down. Nothing against Sadowsky, they are wonderfully crafted instruments and great sounding. But when spending that type of cash, I want something more original then a Jazz based clone.

    The hand workmanship and quality of Alembics basiclly set the standard for "high end" basses. They are timeless works of art. And that sound...wow. I had a Alembic Distillate 5-string for about 16 years. Nothing sound like that bass, live or in the studio. It had such a full, clear sound.

    Again, nothing against Sadowsky, they are I feel two very different animals. If I ever had the chance to get a high end "Jazz" type bass, I would most likely get one.
  3. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Sadowsky, hands up! :spit: Seriously, I'm not an Alembic fan at all! They're great basses, they're just not for me. I hate the sound and feel of 'em, and I love Sadowskys! Hell, I play one now. If loot's no prob, I'd get a burgundy mist or seafoam green p/j 5 with a matching stock, tort p/g, and a rosewood board! :bassist:
  4. I'm with ya, Woodchuck. Not a fan of Alembics. I'll take the Sadowsky.
  5. alanbass1


    Feb 8, 2006
    If money were no object I would go for a custom built Alembic. The series 2 electrics are really the top as far as I'm concerned and some of their work as seen on their guitars of the month part of the web site are spectacular. Alembics craftmanship is first rate and their inlay work is amongst the best out there, period.
  6. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    I'm sorry......what was the question again?



    Nov 24, 2001
    New York,NY
    ...do you want it for sound/playability or just the "cool factor"???...


    PS: They're totally two extremely different, beautiful instruments that won't sound/feel alike, ever...bad comparison...
  8. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Mr. Alemb..er Malthumb! How's it going man? How are things in autoland? Still planning on the Tahoe!
  9. One thing to keep in mind. Alembic will build you ANYTHING. Any crazy dream bass, any size, shape, or profile neck, whatever you want. I've seen some damn sweet Alembic Jazz style basses, if you're stuck on that styling. Try to get a Sadowsky with a body style you designed yourself, with a neck to your specs, in a scale that is unique to you.
  10. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    Nothing against Alembics. Beautiful basses. A Sadowsky is more my style and my sound though. Sadowsky for me.
  11. steve21

    steve21 Inactive

    I'd go with a Sadowsky... I love the look of (some) Alembics, but I feel like a Sadowsky would fit me much more.
  12. Senor SQUID

    Senor SQUID Guest

    Jan 11, 2004
    I would take a PJ5 with a full sized body in trans green w/ a clear pg and a rosewood fretboard w/ white binding and white block inlays
  13. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    In a way, this question is a little like asking which vehicle someone would rather have -- a Mercedes or a Hummer.

    Two completely different basses, both well built and excellent at what they do. Personal preference rules here.
  14. bassjus


    Mar 30, 2004
    Awesome collection man.

    I'd go with this guy!
  15. yugo


    Mar 28, 2006
    Alembics are some of the most amazing basses around, you can't go wrong with thier classic styling, beautiful sound and feel
  16. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    As noted, two completely different instruments: different look, different tone. I prefer the Fender-ish look and tone to the boutique look and tone, so I've chosen Sadowsky.
  17. puff father

    puff father Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2006
    Endicott, NY
    +1 to that. Seems like there's a lot of ground between those two options. Ritters, F's, a bunch of them...

    I like Sadowskys too, but if cost is no object at all... "A" is for Alembic.

    PS: I've seen some pretty ugly Alembics too... check out their site, they have lots of pics of bassses to look at.
  18. I've currently got a '76 Series I & an early Distillate--so, I'd have to say Sadowsky....as in, I want one (but I'm keeping my Alembics!).
  19. Budbear

    Budbear Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2004
    Staten Island, NYC
    If money is no object, as you say, why not get one of each? :)
  20. skewh


    Sep 5, 2005
    Ithaca, NY
    I would go with Sadowsky simply because I am a Jazz Bass man.

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