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Good price on a used sadowsky

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RS, Sep 26, 2001.

  1. RS


    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    What is a good price for a used Sadowsky?
    just curious.
  2. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    Going rate seems to be from $2K to $2.5K for a used one, based on age and condition. I'd say that anything below $2K is a decent price, although I don't know why anyone would pay that much when a mint used Lakland 55-94 Deluxe can be had for a steal nowadays...like under $1500.00 in some cases.

    And yes, I'm familiar with both. I consider them pretty much equal.
  3. JimS

    JimS Supporting Member

    Depends on 4 or 5 string, upgrade top, fingerboard upgrade.

    I'd guess the very low end is $2k. Roger has a used one for sale on his website for about that much.
  4. Jeff in TX

    Jeff in TX Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2000
    Lone Star State
    I've seen them go for as low as $1800, but $2300-$2500 seems about average.

    I don't agree that Sadowskys and Laklands are equal. They are both great instruments, so it comes down to preference. I much prefer Sadowsky based on my experience with both brands.

    Try before you buy...

  5. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I have one for sale on eBay. <a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1467422177">Click here</a> to check it out.
  6. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Put me down as someone who considers Sadowsky's and Laklands to be on the same plane. I prefer Laklands... so that's what I bought.

    Soundwise I'd put my modified (J-Retro) Fender MIA JD5 up against either;)
  7. Tapp


    Aug 29, 2001
    USA, Mississippi
    I played a Sadowsky vintage 4 and 5 yesterday for the first time and man what a bass! I also played a Lakland 5 along side too and they're apples and oranges IMHO. The Lakland is much more the modern hifi bass with Barts and the Sadowsky is the best of modern and traditional Jazz. I'm a 70's Jazz bass player (have 2 of them) and I absolutely loved the Sadowsky! I'm considering gear sales to get one it was that good. It's just the strangest thing to me; they look like a typical jazz style bass (in fact a guitar player friend was with me and commented that it didn't look that great to him), yet they play and sound so even across the bass. The passive switch was organic jazz tone, the active was a Marcus Miller funk big tone.

  8. JimS

    JimS Supporting Member

    Ditto. Been there, done that,got the T-shirt: Sadowsky all the way!
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I'm selling one of my 5's & a few other basses so I can (hopfully) buy this.
    <img src="http://sadowsky.com/basses_in_stock/B3470_v4_body.jpg">
    From Sadowsky site:
    Style: Vintage J-Bass
    Finish: Transparent Blue w/matching headstock
    Wood: Quilt maple on swamp ash
    Fingerboard: Brazilian Rosewood
    Pickguard: Pearloid
    Hardware: Chrome
    Pickups: Sadowsky humcancelling
    Serial #: 3470
    Comments: Premium grade maple top; Hipshot D-tuner; Schaller bridge; Chrome PU cover; Gloss finish on neck; Used by Will Lee on Letterman! New condition. Special Price!
  10. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I just saw that auction. The picture didn't load. :( I emaild the seller so he can e-mail me a pic.
  11. gfab333


    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    $2000, if your really lucky. Usually in the $2200 to $2500 range.

    As a side note, I own a Lakland 55-94 Deluxe w/ Barts, and I would say that the Sadowsky has a totally different tone. The two basses are not comparable in tone. The quality of workmanship is great on both, but they're apples and oranges as someone else mentioned.

    I'd like to own a Sadowsky someday!

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