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Anyone using a Sadowsky 5 String???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jokerjkny, May 12, 2002.

  1. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    So? anybody? what's your impressions?
  2. ashton


    Jan 4, 2001
    i was just looking at the new Sadowsky site when i saw this thread.

    well if they lack anything in sound they make up and exceed it with their looks. i mean just look at them, any model Sadowsky. beautiful.

    I havent played one yet but i look forward to that day.
  3. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    PM Nino-Brown or wait till he comes on here. He will have a feild dday with this thread.
  4. Jeff in TX

    Jeff in TX Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2000
    Lone Star State
    There are several of us who own 5 string Sadowskys on this group. There are also several very recent threads about the quality of Sadowskys, so you might want to do a search.

    That said, my Sadowskys (Vintage 5 fretted, Moderm 5 fretless) are the best basses I ever played. They are the only basses I've ever felt were worth the price. Great tone, flawless workmanship and "right" for every situaltion I need.

  5. A year ago I was in Roger's (old) shop and played a sonic blue Vintage PJ5 alder body with Brazilian rosewood 'board. I wanted a PJ4 but he only had a 5 in stock. It was THE sweetest souning bass I have ever played in my life. I had tried most of the basses on Roger's wall and when I walked out of the demo room after playing that bass I had the biggest grin. Roger even knew it when I walked out. WOW!

    I play 4 string and haven't had a need or desire for the 5. But it sounded soooo good I almost bought it anyway. I got control (barely) and order a PJ4 with the same wood combinations except no pickguard and a spalt maple top.

    You simply can't go wrong with a Sadowsky 4, 5 or 6 (the latter being guitar, sorry Jeff) ;).
  6. Jeff in TX

    Jeff in TX Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2000
    Lone Star State
    I got all excited there for a moment...


    Oh well, still searching...
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=520588">
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=502035" width=450>
    I have 2 of them & I would like to get a 3rd & or a 4th. (...but I'm kinda broke...LMAO) I can truly say that the 24 fret 5 string is one of the best playing, sounding, feeling & best made bass I've ever played or owned in my life!!!!!I've compared it to ALOT of high emd & mid priced basses ($1000 or over) & it's the tops. I've also compared to to other Sadowsky 24 fret 5's & the one I bought had "it". When I bought it, Roger had a nice 24 fret 5 w/a BEAUTIFUL quilted top. That's what I actually had in mind, one w/a quilted top. I played both & the natural one had more of "it" then the quilted top. :) I also bought anealry 90's 24 fret 5 w/a flamed top, Cherry s/b finish. I got it off eBay, cheap considering it's a Sadowsky, & it wasn't, IMO, as the natural one. It was a GREAT bass but I sold it.

    The Vintage 5 I have now is really great. IMO, not better or worse than the 24 fret 5. Just different. I plan to keep this bass.

    There are 2 that I would really like to get & I would consider selling my 4 string to buy.
    <img src="http://sadowsky.com/stock/images/3648_full.jpg" width=450>

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=523755">
    I'd like Roger to build a 24 fret 5 w/2 single coil Jazz pick ups (instead of the SoapBars) w/a pickguard. We've discussed this breifly. It would be in Lake Placid Blue w/matching headstock, mint green pickguard & Morado or Brizilian RoseWood board. Kinda like the 4 string Vintage 4 I just traded for the vintage 5. If he won't build it for me I'll prbably end up getting a Vintage 5 in this color
  8. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000
    Hi Nino,

    You are crazy! How many Sadowsky do you want?:D
    How about this:

    I have an eye on the PJ 4 Roger has in stock from cancellation of order.
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    As many as I can afford. LOL :)
  10. SCT1422

    SCT1422 Supporting Member

    I wouldn't mine picking up a 3rd one myself, but I just got a Lull and want to get a Joe Osborne 5 string... Jeez, if I keep this up I may have to win the lottery, marry a rich girl or start being nicer to my rich relatives.... By the way, Sadowsky's are phenominal instruments... Steven....
  11. Wow, both of those are really nice! Are those used instruments that are out there right now or something you'd have built? If you they're used and available, I may try to pick up the one you don't!
  12. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    All your Sadowsky belong to us!

    hehe... :D

    but seriously, folks, nice assortment. El Nino, i'm still recovering. :p

    just out of curiousity, what sort of sound does one get from a 'Skee 5 string? is it clean and clear? or warm and vintage? has anyone a/b'ed Sadowsky's 5 String jbass pickups with Dimarzio Ultra Jazz?? i'd love to see how they stack up against each other considering their similar pedigrees.
  13. craigers2


    Sep 26, 2001
    Hey Nino, Jeff, or anyone else.

    is there a big difference betweent the 22 and 24 fret sadowsky 5-strings? i currently am playing on a four string that i love and want to get a 5-string. i was just curious to see what your thoughts were on the differences between these.

  14. The 24 fret sounded quite different than the 5 string PJ I played. I didn't try a 5 string jazz. I think with the different pickups and woods you can choose, you'd have to play 'em to see what you prefer:

    PJ 22 fret
    JJ 22 fret
    Soapbar 24 fret
    alder or ash body
    maple or rosewood or ebony 'board
  15. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    Me too! I've got a plain-jane Vintage 5 string. Sunburst with maple board. I LOVE THIS BASS! It's much clearer sounding and defined than another bass I have that is in the same design. It's a bit more comfortable due to the 34" scale.
  16. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    I'm going to add some negative comments and for a reason other than starting a punch up.

    Being a Brit I had never played a Sadowski. I had a chance to do so in 2000 at Bass Central. It was like 'bring it on' nice bloke (he posts here) nice look, nice concept etc.

    So I strapped on a 5er like Nino's burst and was unimpressed. I didnt like it. It's an excellent take on a good design and well executed. I just didn't like it.

    The moral?

    Dont order one. Try at least two or three with the question "Am I going to shell out a lot of cash for this bass?" in your mind.

    Here's a list of basses I dont like even though I lusted after them


    I have met makers of the last two and they are great blokes, I just dont like the basses.

    Hope this tempers the "they are great" comments (and yes they are you may not like them).
  17. CS, that was a constructive and helpful post.

  18. craigers2


    Sep 26, 2001
    i bought my sadowsky 4-string over 10 years ago, and i honestly think it was the best investment i could have made.

    what didn't you like about the sadowsky, CS?

    i'm just curious.

  19. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The bottom line here is, the people her @ TB that own them, love them. You don't like them, whick is OK, that just leaves more for me to buy. ;)
  20. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer Supporting Member

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    I think the same can be said of just about any bass, from $50 to $5,000.

    We all have our likes and dislikes.

    I have never played a Sadowsky, but I have a feeling I would like them.

    If could find a bass that looked and played like my MIA JD5, but with a supertight focused B string and great clarity and tone from top to bottom, I might end up paying stupid money for it. Something tells me a Sadowsky might fit that bill.


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