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all this Sadowsky talk....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by USAJO, Nov 25, 2005.


  1. USAJO

    USAJO

    Apr 13, 2005
    OK I have a USA Lakland JO. It cost me more than I ever thought I would spend for a bass. For those of you who have played both, what would be the the noticeable difference between a USA Lakland and a NYC Sadowsky. I am very impressed with the craftsmanship of the USA JO etc. but I have never played a Sadowsky and it appears to be the "holy grail" of basses for many. I'm guessing the Sadowsky's cost more for a comparable bass?

    PS; The USA JO is a bass of quality way beyond my ability but it's sure fun to own.
     
  2. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Ohio
    Both great basses, but other than sharing a "Fender" shape, not really similar. A US JO is passive, and a Sadowsky active.
     
  3. USAJO

    USAJO

    Apr 13, 2005
    oops should have done more research, I thought they offered both.
     
  4. Humabass

    Humabass Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2002
    Northern Virginia
    Never owned a Sadowsky but just bought a Warmoth Jazz with all Sadowsky electronics and the sound just blows me away. Some might disagree but I think that if you take any Jazz with good resonant wood and great fretwork and put Sadowsky electronics in it you have a bass that rivals a
    real Sadowsky. I've owned several USA JO's and they are great basses. If you Sadowskyized your JO I think you would be in tone heaven.
     
  5. 5bassman

    5bassman Supporting Member

    May 4, 2005
    Kennesaw,GA
    :rollno:
     
  6. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    HI

    Here we go again. Dont know where u live but I'm sure you arent too far from a shop that sells Sadowsky's Try for yourself. Better yet, buy one on 7 day approval. If you cant afford one, no real reason to talk about it. Right? I cant afford a beach house in Newport Beach. So I dont go to open houses looking at them

    Rob
     
  7. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    I prefer the the over all feel, quality and tone of the Sadowsky Basses to that of Laklands.
     
  8. USAJO

    USAJO

    Apr 13, 2005
    Hey Rob "if ya can't afford one don't talk about it" give me a break. Most people can't really afford or justify spending what they do on high end basses but they just have to have them. I look at it as an investment that I could recoup most of if or when I decided to sell. I'd say right or wrong the whole country revolves around people buying things they can't really afford but just had to have. My desire to own a JO begain when I started reading reviews and visiting the Lakland Website. The seed gets planted and sometimes a sale ends up being made. Please don't volunteer to do the Marketing for Sadowsky.
    So we can pretty much close up this forum. Just buy one and decide for yourself. Talkbass is now closed. Ba-da-boom ;)
     
  9. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    HI

    I dont market for sadowsky. I have nothing to do with their company. Im tired of these threads. Play one and judge for yourself. You may hate it, you may not. The afford part wasnt aimed at you so relax

    Rob
     
  10. USAJO

    USAJO

    Apr 13, 2005
    Oh and I was comparing similar features on a bass not implying they were of equal quality. I guess that might offend someone if they thought I was saying the basses were equal only Sadowsky's cost more. Sorry if that was misunderstood.
     
  11. USAJO

    USAJO

    Apr 13, 2005
    Sorry, don't post here much and I get tired of certain threads also. My bad.
     
  12. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I would like to see everyone who starts a Sadowsky vs. Fender vs. Lakland vs. Lull thread to fall down and skin their knee. And I would like to see those who reply like it matters what kind of bass you get to fall down and skin both knees.

    Want a Sadowsky? Buy one. Want a Fender? Buy one. Want something else entirely? Buy it. Just shut up with all this sanctimonious crap about "my bass can beat up your bass." Whatever. All basses sound the same when you throw them at someone's head.
     
  13. USAJO

    USAJO

    Apr 13, 2005
    Jimmy, the word "better" was not used in my thread. If ya start throwin the high end basses let me know I'll take a Lakland or a Sadowsky. Let me know what you want thrown your way.
     
  14. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    HI

    I like talking about gear. Especially the stuff I use. Simple as that. If you want my opinion, PM me. We can talk. You can even call me up on the phone. Many of you have. What I hate about Talkbass is people who chime in and try to tell u something is no good, overpriced, or just plain sux without ever owning or trying. Not to mention most of them have nothing to justify their opinion(experience, years playing, similar gear used, gigging experience) I'm all for open discussion.

    I dont think VS. threads are good ideas, either. Basses arent in competition with each other. LOL We, as players, are comfortable with what we've found. Some have found Fender, Warwick, Spector, etc. Some have found Sadowsky, Alembic, Fodera, Zon, etc. Thats the bottom line. For the most part, its all in what u like. Some will argue one bass is built better than the other, has a nicer top, better pickups, whatever. So what. Do u like the way it plays? Affordable? Make dollars and sense? Gonna use it? Are u a collector? So on and so on

    I stress go and try out what u want to try out. If u cant, make arrangements to do it anyways. Do u take pride in your music? Well, take pride in your gear. Check stuff out. You might hate what I like but thats the whole point. Dont buy on what a bunch of people you never met recommend. Do your due dilligence.

    JO, pm me if you like. I love talking Sadowsky's LOL

    The best bass on the planet, IMO!!!!!!! LOL

    Rob
     
  15. Greetings,

    There's some basses that are built better than other but all the top basses are in the same leauge, there's no "holy grail"

    Pick up and electronics is the main difference that makes the Sadowsky sounds popular, EMGs, Bartolinis, Franlins, all all great too.

    Construction is more or less the same dont let anyone fool ya I own both basses and there's not a dimes difference between them.

    It's all personal preferance.
     
  16. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    HI

    BTW, a good friend has two JO's and loves them. They feel like his vintage Fenders, according to what he tells me.

    Rob
     
  17. USAJO

    USAJO

    Apr 13, 2005
    I haven't seen a local store that carries Sadowsky's but from the pictures on their website I have never seen basses that visually knock me out like they do. Please delete this thread if it offended anyone one. While you're at it delete all Schroeder threads they annoy me. And dang if I didn't do the same thing. Yikes
     
  18. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    HI

    LOL what state are u in JO?

    Rob
     
  19. USAJO

    USAJO

    Apr 13, 2005
    I'm in Ohio, it says the closest dealer is in Cincinnati (4 hours away)and NYC's can only be purchased directly I read. I think you can buy a bass with that reputation without playing it and have a pretty good chance of being totally happy. It worked with me and the USA JO.
    I would feel the same way about buying an NYC.
     
  20. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    HI

    Yea. I have 2 NYC's and 2 Metros. Ive owned 13 total. If you happen to be in nyc, take the subway to Brooklyn. Its worth the trip. If you are upstate, pm me. We can meet and you can try one of mine. I have one 5 and three 4 strings.

    Rob