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My Sadowsky on the works.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nino Valenti, Sep 18, 2002.

  1. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Some of you remember that I sold my Vintage 5 (<a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=898436356">click here</a>) so I can buy a Standard 4. Well, I have a pictire of the body & it's KILLER.

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=663998">

    It's going to have a:
    • Morado fretboard
    • Black hardware
    • Control layout like 24 fret 5 string

    The body is SUPER LIGHT. It weighs under 4 lbs & it's gonna be a very light bass.
  2. lil_bass_boy

    lil_bass_boy Banned

    Oct 25, 2001
    Maryland, USA
    Looks VERY nice Nino.

    Can't wait to see the final product. Im sure it will look even better.


  3. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    That caramel burst is very tasty (pun intended). IMHO the darker board and hardware will set it off nicely. Completed pics please (as if I need to ask :) )
  4. pd_5string

    pd_5string Admin: Accnt Disabled

    Jan 23, 2002
    SWEEEEET! I especially like the control layout of the 24F...not into that knobs in a line vibe thingy majig.

  5. KPO2000

    KPO2000 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2001
    Nino! Very nice! I want one similar! Black or chrome hardware? I think it would look great either way, but I'd probably lean towards black.

  6. Ari


    Dec 6, 2001
    That top looks really nice ! I'm curious to see the 24F control layout... I think it's a good idea. Will it have the new push/pull bypass control ?

    When will it be complete ?

  7. G.A.S.!!!!!

    Damn I love sadowskys, there's just sumthin' about em. Very Elegant-I think you should consider Gold Hardware, would look very nice coupled with the Caramel Burst.
  8. bassaussie


    Oct 6, 2001
    Nino, congratulations - that's an amazing top. I assume that's one of the perks of working for Roger - you get to see all the best pieces of wood going through his shop!! ;) Just out of curiosity, what sort of grading did he give that top?
  9. RS


    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    Nice! is that an ash body I assume?
  10. Larry Kaye

    Larry Kaye Retailer: Schroeder Cabinets

    Mar 23, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    Question for you, you are much more enamored with the single coil concoction of the Sadowsky arsenal correct? How do you characterize the difference in sound between the 24 fret and the vintage or other 5 string, less fret model?

    I found, again, with no adjusting my amp, that I didn't get enough of something with my recently bought 24F, (maybe it was low midrange?) on the gigs. I have extremely clean, punchy sounding cabinets (EA 208's). The sound of the Sadowsky 24 was, I guess, was very "hi fi" or maybe the word is "polite" , whereas the sound of my FBass BN5 is more growly yet still has clean low and high end. Both basses had new strings on them so it wasn't that Sadowsky had dead strings and the F Bass didn't.

    I really like the single coil sound of the F Bass and I wonder whether the more Jazz like, single coil version of the Sadowsky might be more to my liking, not that the 24F isn't the 2nd best bass at this point I've ever owned and played.

  11. Jeff in TX

    Jeff in TX Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2000
    Lone Star State
    I can't speak for Nino, but I will say that there is a difference between my single coil Vintage 5 and my 24F (fretless). The 24F is definitely more "cultured" and "modern" sounding while the single coil is more old school jazz. I like them both.

  12. fivestringdan

    fivestringdan Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2001
    SWEET!!!!!! Can't wait to see the finished product.
    I love black hardware!!
  13. Man, NICE!

    I can't wait to see the finished product! I can see that Sadowsky juice flowing already!

    I had my vintage 5 for a while now, and I totally love the single coil's on mine! I am working towards ordering a 24F with Sadwosky soaps soon though :)
    man, gotta go work more, after seeing that one!
  14. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I'm not sure, It really dosen't matter since I use the preamp all the time & only reason I would use it is if the battery failed. I think it'll be ready in about 2 months.
    I built a Caramel burst Warmoth w/gold & I didnt' like it & changed it to black.
    Yeah, I see ALOT of nice tops. I get to play most of the basses before they go anywhere, too. I think it's just a regular Quilted top. I have ti ask Roger.
  15. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Hey Larry, Refresh my memory. Does your 24 fret has the Sadowsky humbucking pickup's?

    If so, I agree with your description. It sounds "polite" compared to the one's w/EMG 40J's. The ones with the EMG's are alot more aggressive & IMO, have a SUPER Jazz bass sound while the newer soapbars remind me of my old USA Spector NS-5's sound.

    Im my Vinatge 4 I have the humcancelling J's
  16. Ari


    Dec 6, 2001
    Having owned both, I can say that I really prefer the new sadowsky soapbars. I found the EMG 40J too "heavy" sounding. The new pickups are warmer, with more midrange. The EMG 40J were just too bright and too punchy for me !

  17. Grrr............I'm jealous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  18. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Nice bass but are you sure you wouldn't really rather have a ...


    Should be sweet, Nino. Like you needed another bass;)
  19. SCT1422

    SCT1422 Supporting Member

    Man I love the Sadowsky Caramel Burst.. I want that new Vintage 5 on the website right now, but I prefer gold hardware myself.... Steven..
  20. Larry Kaye

    Larry Kaye Retailer: Schroeder Cabinets

    Mar 23, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    I have the Sadowsky pickups. Everyone has their preference I guess, EMG's, new Sadowsky's, Bartolini's, etc. I'm wondering whether to sell the 24f and try my hand at a used vintage 5 with single coils. I think that would make more "sense" than investing in replacement EMG's and not possibly like 'em the way you did. Which bass soundwise do you prefer between the two and why?

    Thanks, and sorry to keep pestering here but in spite of this bass's comfort, looks, and everything else, if it doesn't make me do a dance soundwise, I'd rather try something else or God forbid, actually put some money in the bank and stop GASSING it for a while!!!


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