Hey Sadowsky experts

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RS, Nov 7, 2001.

  1. RS


    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    I'm (as always) considering purchasing a Sadowsky 4 string, I have have been thinking of some specific questions. Is the body really downsided? How is the balance? What is the tonal difference between the sad single coils, hum canceling, and emgs?
    Do the ash bodies sound alot brighter than the alder? Does the maple top affect the tone?
    Should I buy new, so I get exactly what I want, or just wait for a decent used one?
    Any other considerations?
  2. The body is an undersized J bass unless you get the 24 fet model. My Sadowsky 4 string jazz balances very nicely whether I sit or stand.

    I didn't try the EMGs. The Sadowsky hum cancelling J pickups are fantastic!

    Roger told me the maple tops do not audibly affect the tone. I wouldn't be concerned about it. If you like gorgeous maple, then go for it.

    Alder is sweeter than the ash; the ash is punchier.

    My bass is 4 string jazz quilt maple on ash with a maple birdseye board. You can see a pic in the link to my gear below. My next Sadowsky bass will be a PJ4 maple topped alder with Brazilian rosewood board.

    A used model seems to be on Sadowky's website about once per month. Check with Roger Sadowsky and see if he knows of anybody who is thinking of selling their bass through him. Personally, I consider Sadowsky instruments my dream come true and I want it only my way; the way that I dream the bass should be. I'm particular about quilt maple tops. At this price point I don't take any prisoners. That is a highly personal decision of course.

    Go for it! They are amazing instruments.
  3. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    Jim gave you a great answer, but you can E-mail Roger, He will be happy to help you.
    He usualy answer quite fast.
  4. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Sadowsky now offers a close-to-full-size vintage J (as well as a full-size P).