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Besides Sadowsky...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by atlboriqua, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. atlboriqua


    Nov 13, 2007
    I have owned a Sadowsky R5-24 for about two years. Maple fretboard / 5 string. I always keep going back to my American Deluxe Fender Jazz bass though. It has more punch and really gives me the tone I'm looking for. I will say that I prefer recording with the Sadowsky because it records EXTREMELY well. But for a live setting its not what I'm looking for. Does anyone have any recommendations for another higher end bass that would work well for both avenues?

    I've looked at the Carvin SB5000 and that looks like a good option. I like the "Fender" style basses / sound so I'd like to stay in that avenue if possible but I'm open to anything.
  2. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    If you can identify which EQ bands are different, perhaps you can use parametric EQ to alter the live sound to your liking.
  3. droskobass


    Oct 8, 2007
    Montreal, Canada
    Former Part-Time, Non-Commission Employee MOOG Audio
    here I go: Check out Mike Lull's basses and definitely call Mike or a dealer because there are more options than many people realize.

    34" and 35" 21 or 24 fret, active and passive with many preamp options, the 4 strings have different radius options etc. and the JT and PT basses are just killer. You also get a 100% USA made bass for about the price of a metro which is nice, and the basses are Light! 7.4lbs -8.4 lbs.

    Good luck!
  4. CTC564

    CTC564 Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    Toms River,NJ
    Lovemy Nordy VJ5!!!!!
  5. LanEvo


    Mar 10, 2008
  6. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    The R5-24 is a great bass, but, surely not a single coil J, as you know.
    Sadowsky do make fine J basses. The new Fender American Deluxe is a nice bass.

    Valenti, Nordstrand and Lull are other great choices.
  7. atlboriqua


    Nov 13, 2007
    I would actually love to trade for a single coil J style Sadowsky. That would be ideal for me. I have an American Deluxe Fender and I really enjoy that!
  8. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I've encountered similar responses (records great, doesn't work quite so well in a live context) with a handfull of basses, including a Sadowsky -- but also including a Steinberger, a Pedulla, an Alembic, and a couple of Fenders -- and in EVERY one of those situations, the problem wasn't the bass.

    It was the amp.

    Something to consider.
  9. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    Mike makes wonderful Jazz 5.
    I have a Lull Jazz 5, Alder body, maple neck, Rosewood Fingerboard.
    Weight 7.7 pounds.
    As good as any I've ever played, nails that old school vibe.
    Plays like butter.
  10. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    Yea, a Sadowsky jj or pj

  11. atlboriqua


    Nov 13, 2007
    I've played it through an SWR rig, Trace Elliot Rig, David Eden and Ampeg SVT rig. I've also used it direct as well as running it through a crown power amplifier with no EQ or anything into a cabinet. I still have not found an setting / tone I really like for a live setting. But my American Deluxe Jazz works well in both situations. If anything I may just keep to use for recording.
  12. atlboriqua


    Nov 13, 2007
    The main difference for me is having a "mid" knob. The sadowsky records so well because the way the pre amp is designed, it cuts out the frequencies you typically would remove in a recording situation. I believe right around 300 +/-. It sounds very round and full. But I really like to use mids to add some punch and growl to my tone. I think Sadowsky's "Vintage Tone Control" solves that problem. I wish I had that on my Sadowsky.
  13. I've never had this problem. In fact, it's not uncommon for people to comment how well they cut the mix (when I want it to) but remain full in the bottom. The "B"s are huge.

    It's a lot to do with EQ. I use very little. Bass players are always surprised at how flat my EQ is. If you use a lot of EQ you'll start having issues. I've found keeping EQ simple lets the bass speak more clearly.

    I have a Vintage 5 with single coils (VTC) and a Modern 24 with the soapbars (pre VTC). Both are NYC's.
  14. atlboriqua


    Nov 13, 2007
    What have you found to be the tone differences between the soapbars and the single coils?
  15. atlboriqua


    Nov 13, 2007
    Don't get me wrong. It sounds great!! And the B's are HUGE!! I think it may come down to a pickup style preference for me.
  16. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    I've had a great time with my Carvin LB5000-it records really well and sounds great in a band context (I mostly use it in 10-14 piece horn bands and it cuts really well and supports the band). The pickups and electonics are quite different from any of my other Carvins-the only caveat is that the great pups are single coils so there are some issues if you solo pickups with hum, but no more than a Jazz Bass.
    If I were going get another instrument I would consider an SB5001 with the figured top and hollow body chambers. My bass is Swamp Ash w/maple/maple (really nails the Marcus tone) and it can get heavy. It's an excellent value for the money.
  17. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Alien Audio / Mesa Fanatic!! Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    Just tried an SB4000 today at Guitar Center and I was amazed at it's tone. Obviously didn't record with it or play in a live situation, but it was so much more bass than I was expecting.
  18. atlboriqua


    Nov 13, 2007
    I have really wanted to play an SB5000. I just haven't had the chance. The ones I've heard though sound phenomenal.
  19. You could swap for single coils.

    Tone difference between the soaps and singles is hard to tell because the location is so different.

    The M is punchy w. lots of mid honk because they are both shifted towards the bridge. The V is a lot rounder because they are in '60's position. If I favor the bridge on the V it does get that punchy mid honk but the single does seem to have a slightly more open sound.

    With the V I was torn on the pickup selection so I asked Kevin. He said that they sound pretty much the same in a given position.
  20. johng999


    Jul 14, 2008
    I have just settled into different basses for different work. My 78 Ash Precision is killer in the studio but too heavy as a day to day bass. Lately I've been playing a 55 CS Precision RI and/or a Tele bass (Single coil) as I like the way the single coils sound with my trio, but they would probably be too noisy in the studio.
    Interesting that the Tele is heavy (around 10 lbs) but doesn't really bother my back as much as some of my other heavy basses (Warwick, Precision, etc.)