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I know what they mean when they Sadowskys don’t sound like Fenders.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Great playing, but he is getting a very un-Fender tone.

    Now this is Fender tone!
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  2. wvbass


    Mar 1, 2004
    Fender tone and ridiculous chops. Poopie, that guy can play!
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  3. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
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  4. The funny thing is twice TB members have been kind enough to let me borrow Sadowskys, I tended to get Fender sounds because I liked their passive tone, and I probably never truly got the way of eq-ing them.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2018
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  5. Trouztrouz


    Feb 6, 2013
    If he wanted a Fender tone I assume he would have gotten a Fender.
  6. That’s not my point. The bass sounds good and the player is fine. I just finally noticed something I had heard about.
  7. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2002
    General Manager TecPadz LLC
    Ah....well, believe what you will. The Sadowsky can cop that Fender tone. The Sadowsky clip is not what I would call representative.

    Believe me; I get it that Sadowsky’s are generally pricier than Fenders. And, since you can buy the Sadowsky preamp and put it in the Fender, there are multiple ways to skin the cat. But, I would just be cautious about making blanket Fender vs Sadowsky comments. Roger is pretty familiar with what Fenders do. His preamp can quite definitely get you in that zone.

    I’ll just add that a lot of players misuse the Sadowsky preamp, even though on the face of it, it seems simple. I was guilty of misusing his outboard preamp for 15 years or so with my Fenders. Sometimes, things that seem simple, are simple; but, we are stupid.
  8. As I said, the Sadowskys I played got a Fender sound. This is the first recorded instance of me noticing a Sadowsky really getting a clearly Non-Fender sound.
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  9. MobileHolmes

    MobileHolmes I used to be BassoP

    Nov 4, 2006
    I think some of the issue is that Sadowsky has some different pickups and what it depending on the model. Some combos would be more fendery than others
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  10. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    @ 01:20, top video... I watched it 3 times, repeating to no one in particular...

    ...dar... do... di... shinfo... wow... schpank.

    And my brother, from the 2nd video, had me at the first note...
  11. I single coils will always sound more Fenders than those stacked DiMarzios that a Sadowskys’ standard pickups. I know that when I put some on a Yamaha BB405, it did not sound like a Jazz at all.
  12. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2002
    General Manager TecPadz LLC
    I don’t disagree with that; but, I also wouldn’t say that player is getting much of a Sadowsky sound either.
  13. Mike Vee

    Mike Vee

    Oct 8, 2012
    you'd have to have the same player play the same song, recorded the same way, to compare properly. To begin, obviously the bottom guy is ten times better player., respectfully.
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  14. The same player will bring his sound. Some folks will sound more Fendery or less because that is who they are.
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  15. Both of those guys would have the starting job at most churches. I felt good that I got the first four bars of the second player after a listen or two.
  16. xnewyorka

    xnewyorka Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2006
    NYC Area
    FWIW the second guy has brand new strings on, and the tone control on max. The first guy has strings that are several weeks old and well played, and has also rolled his passive tone control back. So it's not an apples-to-apples comparison.

    Does this one sound more Fenderish?
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2018
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  17. I had not noticed that the first guy was on a PJ.
  18. TuneSalad666


    Mar 1, 2018
    That's an awful lot of religion given it is banned from this forum.

    Also disregarding the actual topic of the thread, might be the songs fault, but the one with the Fender grooves the best.

    The Sadowsky guy sounds a bit mechanical in his execution.

    Prefer the tone of the Fender as well.
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  19. I don’t think the first guy is bad, but number two is awesome.
  20. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Where are you seeing “an awful lot of religion.”?