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I helped sell a Sadowsky...it was cool!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mike Flynn, Jul 2, 2004.

  1. I was at The Gallery in London yesterday, (IMO the best bass shop in London bar none), and I was suitably impressed with a gorgeous 6 string F bass that I tried, it was beautiful to play and looked awesome but I found the sound not completely to my liking but for 2K it was a great instrument. I tried a Ritter as well and again I thought amazing all round looks, and the B string was incredibly responsive - but tone-wise it didn't do a hell of a lot for me - I'm sure if it was set up for me then I'd get a lot more out of it - but they cost 4K, and I just wouldn't spend that much on a bass like that.

    Anyway there was one other guy in the shop - upstairs - while I had been sitting downstairs and he's like mid-40s nice guy and he and I chatted when I first got in the shop, and he's sitting there trying a really nice Sadowsky Metro and I asked if I could have a go. Not only was he stunned by my playing but I was stunned by how nice the bass was, the bridge pickup was awesome. I like getting compliments for my playing but I hate it when other people say that they will never be as good as me etc. because I feel the same way about my playing compared to Wooten and Willis et al. Anyway I demo-ed that bass for him - then compared it to a Lakland - and the Sadowsky was the hands down winner - purely for recreating a vintage tone with such balls - this thing was ready for anything - plus for a 'jazz' style bass it really looked gorgeous. So the guy just emailed me today to say that he bought bass and thanked me for my help, he also said that he's going to get practising more after hearing myself play - so I feel like I have done my good deed for the week - rock on Andy, it's never too late to learn!
  2. I hope someone says that about my playing someday:(
  3. Sadowsky

    Sadowsky Commercial User

    Nov 1, 2000
    Owner: Sadowsky Guitars Ltd.
    Thanks for your help and your positive comments about the Metro!

    Roger Sadowsky
  4. DaveBeny


    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    I was down in London yesterday. I knew I should have gone to the Gallery - instead I went out of my way to the Bass Centre, which was a wasted trip IMO.
  5. Ari


    Dec 6, 2001
    Cool story urb_munki. BTW the F bass at the gallery is mine. :D

    Did you try it with the pickups set as single coils? It sure sounds better this way!

    Are you gigging in London?
  6. JRBrown


    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    I've been to the Bass Centre, London several times, I liked it. I met luthier Chris Larkin there; he was demonstrating his latest bass.

    :confused: On which bass? I don't think the Sadowssky has a coil-select option.

  7. Ari


    Dec 6, 2001
    On the F Bass BN6.
  8. Hi Ari,

    Sorry dude I never noticed you are a London TBer too - I keep playing your basses at the Gallery - that MTD 635 was beautiful too - and that sold pretty damn quick. I think I didn't know what I was doing with the F bass setup - at one point I had everything truned up to 10 on the bass and it still wasn't cooking like I know it should.

    I'll PM re: the gigs n stuff - cheers for now - and keep those groovy basses coming - I might buy one, one day!

    Yeah - this was the F bass I played:

    <img src=http://tuning.free.fr/bass/bn6/bn6_01.jpg>

  9. It's a pleasure Roger - and you know what? Having seen some of the gorgeous burl topped basses you do I have added your basses to my shopping list - not that I'll be able to afford one soon but I'll keep my eyes and ears out for one when I do have the cash - great instruments!
  10. Ari


    Dec 6, 2001
    There are two push/pull knobs on the bass - one is for active/passive, the other one is for parallel/single coil, you have to pull it to put the pickups in single coil mode, IMHO it sounds way better like this, more growl!
  11. I thought it sounded almost 'passive' - next time I'll get it right! What a great neck though - I can't normally double-thump or open-hammer-pluck on 6 string basses - or even some four strings for that matter but that F bass let me run free as a bird - great bass.

    BTW I just sent you an email - so check your mail box - hope that's cool.


  12. JimS

    JimS Supporting Member

    Urb Monki,

    I just downloaded stuff from your website.
    Man have you got chops!!!!!
    I too am envious of you. NICE!!!!! :bassist:

  13. Thanks bro - believe me I've been at it for a while - and I'd just started to think I am losing it! I'm going on a jazz course in the summer to try and get some more theory into my playing - technically though I don't think I've ever been this good - I scare myself sometimes! I truly don't mean that in an ego way - I really don't have an ego about my playing - I was telling the guy yesterday that the bass is just the instrument that I express myself through, that's all, so like Wooten and others it's just the way it is for me, I wish i could play like a sax player and a keyboard player but I'm a bassist so there you go - I just have fun.
  14. JRBrown


    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    Primary reason why I sold my F-Bass. I couldn't get it to "cook" unless it was in single-coil, full-up mode. But
    it sure sounded good!
  15. Ari


    Dec 6, 2001
    I second that. Definitely worth a listen! :cool:
  16. JRBrown


    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    Another 2nd! Serious licks!
  17. i love listening to Green (its not easybeing). Thats an awesome track, and your bass sounds really good.
    sorry about the hijack! :cool:
  18. rusty


    Mar 29, 2004
    3rd!! Those are some serious chops!! I don't think I'd ever be able to play at that kinda speed - let alone think of a place to put it in...
    BTW - I really liked the last part of your G jam bass solo :D
  19. birdsg


    Dec 18, 2003
    Birmingham England
    Some nice playing in there urb_munki. Your web site looks very professional as well. :)

    What effects are you using? Some chorus?

  20. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    I was in a music store playing on the various basses, waiting for my lesson when I had a similar experience. Note that I didn't sell a person a specific bass, but rather, their FIRST bass. An older guy came in and was looking around and asked whether he should get his son a guitar or a bass. Before I could even answer, his previously unseen, surprisingly hot daughter said "Bass!", but he shushed her. Needless to say, I managed to sell the guy on getting his son a bass :D :D. He then went off to someone who actually worked at the store to get a specific bass and I went upstairs for my lesson. It still brings my foot to my arse for not being so close to a girl who loved bass and not doing anything about it -- then again, her dad was right there! :eek: