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Hey guys, is this a good idea?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Brandon311, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. Brandon311


    Nov 30, 2012
    Hey, so ive been hearing a lot about these sadowsky basses and how good they are. I even tried a friend's and loved it. Ive had some money saved up, about 2500 dollars, and really want to get one. So my original plan was to upgrade my squier and buy a fender jazz bass and have 1000ish left over for an amp, or i can follow my dreams and get the sadowsky 4 string standard and save up later for an amp. As of right now i have a fender starcaster 15g lol. So, which do u guys think i should do. Btw, if ur wondering why i have a guitar amp, i used to play guitar:)
  2. 4dog


    Aug 18, 2012
    Id buy an ibanez sr500 or better and still buy a bass amp
  3. beggar98


    Jan 23, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Depends on your goals in the long and short term. A Sadowsky is a great bass, and could very likely be your bass for life, so buying one is probably not a decision you will regret. That said, you will not be able to fully appreciate or take advantage of the tone of a Sadowsky if you're running it through a cheap amp.

    If you need to have a good bass/amp combo sooner rather than later, you should probably stick with your first plan. If you don't have any gigs or potential for gigs in the near future, investing in a great bass and waiting to get a solid amp for a year or so is probably fine.
  4. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    NPR, Florida
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    Nice amp and cab, then think about upgrading your bass. IMO, it seems like the general consensus is OK bass into decent amp into good cab = good tone vs the other way around. I am also an advocate of quality headphones for personal practice. But that's just me. As always YMMV on something like that.
  5. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    Whatever you do, don't buy a New anything. If you shop with just a bit of patience, you can get a used Sadowsky Metro AND a decent amp with $2500.

    And, by having patience and buying something used that is a good deal for whatever it is, you'll know that, if you decide later you want to sell it and get something different, you can get all or at least most of your money back.

    I paid less than $2000 for my Sadowsky Metro UV70-5-MB. When I sold it, I actually pocketed about $100 on the sale. If I had paid $3000 for a new Metro and then sold it for $2000, I would have been crying hard!
  6. PlungerModerno


    Apr 12, 2012
    +1. You can get a great bass and rig for that dosh. If you do get a high end bass with the vast majority of your budget, you'll be stuck with a rig that holds you back, won't show the basses true potential, and will suck untill you get a decent rig.

    If it were my dosh, even if I wasn't planning on playing out for a good while, I'd spend less than half on the bass, and the majority on a good head and cab - or a powerful combo that can add an extension cab if you need to get louder later on. Your budget should give you a world of options - new and used, off the shelf and custom.

    A good Jazz type bass will do you well till you can afford a sadowsky and a rockin' rig. :bassist:
  7. Brandon311


    Nov 30, 2012
    Thanks so much for your input guys. I think ill go with the metro sadowsky and get a rockin amp around june or july since i dont plan on giggin anytime soon. Also, i think the feel of the bass is more important than the sound ONLY when no one else is really listening. So, whatcha guys think bout a sadowski metro? I just cant decide red or black lol. Leaning for the black though:)
  8. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    IMO, you need a good amp in order to take advantage of a good bass. No bass sounds good through a cheap amp. I'd get the amp first.
  9. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains

    A killer bass through a crappy amp doesn't sound all that great. A crappy bass through a killer amp can sound pretty good.
  10. Green1


    Sep 23, 2010
    Scottsdale, AZ
    My philosophy has always been buy the very best bass that you can afford first and foremost and then get a good amp. Most guys (including me) buy a lot of cheap instruments in the beginning and waste alot of money before getting a good bass......the money you DON'T waste can then be used for the amp and in the long run you will have spent less. A Sadowsky Metro is a Great choice in my opinion.....good luck
  11. bodoger


    Feb 28, 2008
    Chapmanville, WV
    My backup bass is a Ibanez Gio short scale lp style and it sounds as good as a MIM pbass
    through my Carvin bx600 and Fender 410 cab.
  12. emart

    emart Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2009
    SF Bay Area
    This. :)

  13. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    Sadowsky makes great basses but I would buy an MIA Fender and a new amp. The jump from Squier will be amazing.
  14. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    Amp. Buy something good and brand new w/warranty, don't skimp. Used amps are a dicey adventure. Used guitars, certainly, but not amps unless you like to gamble. Upgrade your bass later.

    Spend some time reading in the Amps Forum. There is mucho knowledge there. Arm yourself with it before you buy.
  15. Federighi


    Jun 19, 2011
    Burlingame, CA
    +1 on used gear!
  16. tsunami1052

    tsunami1052 What the Funk?

    Sep 13, 2005
    If I was in your position, I would look at a Lakland Skyline 44-60 or DJ-4 for 1200 and put the other 1200 toward an amp and cabinet. But I am not - so do what you think is best.:bassist:
  17. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    IMO, get the bass you want and get your chops up. If you're excited about the bass, you'll play it more. If you get a gig before you're able to purchase a gig-worthy amp, you can always borrow or rent. For the time being, you can buy a used practice amp better than the Starcaster for not much cash, then probably break even selling it later on.

    That said, I doubt you'd be unhappy with a US Jazz.

    Good luck!
  18. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    For me, and for a lot of people, I think, buying a bass is a lot more fun than buying an amp and/or cab. The thing is, if I had a Sadowsky and nothing to play it through but a cheap amp, I wouldn't be able to enjoy the Sadowsky at all. I doubt it would sound much better than a Squier until you put it through a real amp. Just my dos centavos, because I was there once upon a time. :)
  19. sloppy_phil


    Aug 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    Not actually named Phil
    ^ this guy knows what's up
  20. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    Sadowskys rule. You'll love it. I would take my time and find a pre owned, though. They can be found in the classified here and on eBay. Then you'll have plenty for a solid amp