Dimarzio makes Sadowsky Pickups???

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by jokerjkny, Feb 20, 2002.

  1. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    Hey all,

    i've heard this from another forum member. can anyone verify this?

    also, i've been thinking of getting a set of Dimarzio Ultra Jazz, but how do they compare to Sadowsky's pickup set? has anyone compared these two using Sadowsky's preamp?
  2. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    DiMarzio, Duncan, Bartolini, Lindy Fralin all custom wind pickups for major manufacturers.

    I have no idea if DiMarzio makes the Sadowsky pickups but rest assured that even if they do, they are custom winding them to Sadowsky's specs and do not sell the same pickups under their own name.
    Killed_by_Death likes this.
  3. I have sadowsky pups on both my basses. On one bass, I have single coil vintage style jazz set. I don't know whether they were wound by Duncan or dimarzio. Both companies wind for Sadowsky. On my PJ, I have a PJ set, and the J pickup in this set is without doubt a modified ultrajazz pickup...it even has the ultrajazz sticker on the bottom. The obvious modification is camber on the pole pieces, to match the camber of the strings.

    And the green/red/black/white colour coding is totally dimarzio.

    Whether custom wound or not is irrelevant. The point is that Roger thinks they are good enough for his basses, and no one has ever complained about the sound of a Sadowsky bass.

    I paid a great deal more for my single coils than I did for the PJ set, which suggests to me that the single ARE perhaps specail orders.

    They sound fantastic on MY basses, BTW.
  4. andertone

    andertone Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Southwest USA
    I talked to Roger awhile back on this. I have the humbucker version that is standard on the 4-string jazz Sadowsky. Because of the dynamic range of the Sadowsky preamp, his pickups are wound to custom spec's (ie, no reason to wind super hot when you have a hot preamp). His pickups are probably wound with fewer coils and less output to get more of a dynamic signal to the preamp which then modifies the sound (magnificently I might add)

    Phil Anderson
    Tucson, AZ
    steelbed45 and two fingers like this.
  5. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 vaxx! Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    North AMERICA, USA
    I've heard this also from an extremely reliable source.
  6. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    If I were going to get any manufacturer to custom-wind some pickups for me, DiMarzio would be my first thought.
    I wish they made soap-bars for bass!
  7. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny... Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    There isn’t a LIKE button big enough for how much I agree with that. Love DiMarzio!

    I actually a/b’d some Sadowsky HCs versus the UltraJazz a couple years ago and they were identical to me.
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  8. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    Pretty sure the soap bars are from Seymour Duncan. Not sure about the other pickups.
  9. Luckydog


    Dec 25, 1999
    Somewhere I read that the Sadowsky Metro PJ pups are Dimarzio. Dont know if that was just someone’s guess or if they had the inside info. Sound fantastic and I do believe that based on the preamp design, the Sadowsky pups would not be wound as hot as some others might be. But thats just my ignorance showing.
  10. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    They all get pickups from pickup manufacturers.

    The Duncan NYC pickup is just the Duncan branded Fodera bucker.
  11. bench


    Dec 28, 2007
    there is an old youtube video where RS says that his standard humcancelling pickups are made by DiMArzio and that they are a version of the ultra jazzes spec´d for sadowsky. the general concensus years ago here was that those two pickups are VERY similar...

    around 4 mins...

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  12. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    "They all" ? As in every bass maker, or...???
  13. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    OK, not "every" one. :D

    But most.

    In other words, it's more common than not.
  14. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    I think two basses out of the eight or so I've owned over the years had OEM pickups, but I'm certainly not a vey good barometer of current marketing trends. Yel_wink.gif
  15. Lloydtownsend


    Aug 23, 2010
    So who makes the Sadowsky humbuckers? And the 5 string P pickups???
  16. Cstevens00


    Mar 6, 2021
    I have a Dimarzio Guitar pickup and it has Sadowsky in raised letters on the bottom bobbin on front, it is stamped Dimarzio on the back exactly like any other dimarzio in the metal plate
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  17. Nordstrand make some pups for Sadowsky. I know they do the offset pole piece P pickups and the big single style pups for the singlecut Sadowsky basses atleast
  18. Cstevens00


    Mar 6, 2021

    Yes, I have a few of them, bought them from Sadowsky at a guitar show. The guitar ones at least meter a bit lower than standard Dimarzios. He uses them with his active system so they're voiced for that. They do sound good by themselves as I have them.
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