Dropped my Sadowsky

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by squish, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. squish

    squish Flying under the radar! Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2005
    We were recording at the studio yesterday and had just gotten all the levels and were ready to roll. I stood up from the sofa and the strap unhooked itself from the top horn and my beloved Metro P-Bass came crashing down to the concrete floor. Ugliest sound I can remember hearing in a long time. Monster cable was destroyed as well, but I didn't care much about that.
    The accident left cracks and scuffs on the bottom edge near the cavity cover and bottom horn. Bought it new back in Feb. Pretty sick about it.
  2. fryBASS


    Aug 8, 2006
    New Haven, CT
    Don't worry, that's just mojo :smug:

    Seriously though, I feel for you man :crying:
  3. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    ouch!! I feel for you!

    One reason I am a strong believer in strap locks. I have them on all my basses.
  4. dean82


    Aug 14, 2007
    Oh man that sucks! It's funny how I like mojo on basses, but I don't really think about how it all gets there and how much it hurts to pick up dings and scratches on basses.

    Were you using strap locks? If not that would be my next purchase. Hope you can get it fixed without too much cost.
  5. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Man, that sucks. I'm so sorry for you. Please don't take this wrong, or think I'm lecturing in any way, but this really demonstrates the importance of straplocks. Even if you just use the .49 cent rubber washers from a hardware store. I use Schaller straplocks on many of my instruments; but on some, I just use the rubber washers like below. Believe me, that strap will not slip off because you have to stretch the gasket to get it over the strap button when you first put it on.

  6. ibanezcollector

    ibanezcollector Yoyo's Hurt When You Crank It Into Your Face

    Feb 18, 2007
    Cleveland Ohio
    that sucks.. Coming from a guy that loves beat up instruments, that sucks..

    Dont let it haunt you where you are nervous to do anything with it, I had a Larrivee guitar that got a ding and I just worried and worried about it till it drove me to sell it.. Man wish I had that back..
  7. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    I've never seen that! That's a cool idea!

    I too use the Schaller straplocks. Have them on all my basses. Also since they are all the same I can use the same strap with each bass.
  8. I dropped my first bass,.. a 1963 fender jazz....:eek:...and snapped the headstock off right before we were to take the stage....I was a stupid kid back then and had no idea what I had,....I traded it in for a ,then new, 1970 fender P fretless,...one of the guys at the store put a new neck on my jazz and last I heard was still playing it,....the hard hard lessons of youth......my condolances on your bass, at least its still in one piece!!!
  9. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY

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  10. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    I use metal washers and they work just as good as my Dunlops/Schallers. Honestly, I like the way the washers look instead of the strap sticking out from the body 1".
  11. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks I build Grosbeak Guitars and Basses Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    Grosbeak Guitars
    Man that sucks, but dont stress it too much. At least you wont feel as bad if you get another ding in it.
  12. Oric


    Feb 19, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    man. I winced just reading the thread title, especially considering how expensive Sadowskys are... I would be mad dropping my $280 Squier! But be glad that the damage is not as bad as it could be.
  13. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Yeah Beav, I agree about the strap sticking out with straplocks. I like to run the cable between the strap and the bass, but it's not tight enough with the Schallers. That's why I like the washer idea.

    And Classic Jazz, that's why I used the Schallers exclusively for quite awhile (so I could use the same strap on any of my basses). But over the years, I've bought quite a few Comfort Strapps, so I have enough for all my basses. So now I have the luxury of using either the Schallers or the cheap-o (but highly effective) rubber washers!
  14. Always part of my technique is keep one hand always under the neck, haven't had a bass drop in over 25 years of playing.:smug: Feel for ya, bro.:scowl:
  15. playibanez


    Apr 3, 2006
    my bass was in a case on my floor without the latches 'latched' my guitarist goes to pick up the case, out flies my jazz. but its alight like other people said, its mojo.

    i was just mad i had to pickup everything else that flew out ha.

    i never dropped it on concrete though, that is rough.
  16. My bass is prone to spontaneous strap disconnection too. I can usually catch it before it falls though, and luckily, it isnt a $3000 sadowsky. :meh:
  17. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    I had both happen simultaneously... My first bass that I paid for was in a case that someone had unlatched and when I picked it up it landed on some concrete. I was sad at the time, but now I look back at the massive gouge as a piece of the basses history.
  18. jimc


    Sep 17, 2002
    New Carsmell, CA
    I managed to put a quarter sized ding in my NYC Sadowsky. It was down to the wood and I was pretty upset. I contacted Sadowsky and they advised me to contact Pat Wilkins in LA who does the finishes on the NYC basses.

    It took a few weeks but I honestly can't tell where the ding was, and Pat's price for fixing it up was extremely reasonable. Not saying you should be ashamed of mojo but Pat made all the bad go away. I'd definitely recommend him.
  19. playibanez


    Apr 3, 2006
    i think you should bless us with some full body shots of this said sadowsky =]

    the color looks awesome from the pic
  20. Hey! That's a gui....guit...sorry I can't say that 6 letter word