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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RS, Sep 26, 2001.
What is a good price for a used Sadowsky?
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
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.
Ditto. Been there, done that,got the T-shirt: Sadowsky all the way!
I'm selling one of my 5's & a few other basses so I can (hopfully) buy this.
From Sadowsky site:
Style: Vintage J-Bass
Finish: Transparent Blue w/matching headstock
Wood: Quilt maple on swamp ash
Fingerboard: Brazilian Rosewood
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!
There's an old one on E-bay right now with no reserve.
Not my cup of tea but it's interesting to see how Roger has made small changes to his basses over the years.
I just saw that auction. The picture didn't load. I emaild the seller so he can e-mail me a pic.
$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!