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Opinions on Sadowsky PJ bass...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by wriosmd, Jun 13, 2003.

  1. wriosmd


    Jun 1, 2003
    Gainesville, FL
    OK, I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on this bass (and suffering through six months of agony waiting for it). I own a Sadowsky vintage 4 J bass which I adore, but would like the PJ version in my stable too. The PJ looks more versatile than the Ultra-vintage Sadowsky P bass. Would look opinions from users/ owners of this bass...compare and contrast vs the J bass.
    Bill Rios
  2. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    I presently own the two in the pic and have had every conceivable combo Roger offers in 4 and 5 strings. I love my pj4. It has the jazz style neck taper but you can dial in the Pbass thump when you need it. If you're a working player and depend on lots of different tones on stage, it's the way to go. Mine is ash with a morado board.
    I love jj too, but it's nice to have a P tone when playing rock and roll music. I hope you enjoy the journey when it comes to figuring out what you want and finally going for it. Best of luck:D

  3. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000
    I have, both Sadowsky JJ and a new PJ, with Alder body and Brazilian fingerboaed. This PJ has the option [prerouted] for JJ. I do not like the P sound by it self. When I set the panpot at the middle, it sounded nice and fat.
    Yesterday I change the pick up to JJ and I think it sound even better.
  4. I have both too. They are very different basses re woods:
    • Jazz: quilt maple top on swamp ash, maple board
    • PJ: spalt maple top on alder, Brazilian RW board
    They sound different to 'justify' having both. Playing at home I don't love a solo'd P but in my band there are times where it's perfect. The combine PJ sound is wonderful for fingerstyle or slap n' pop. The solo'd bridge J pup is similar to my J bass with it's solo'd J pup but the alder & RW yield a sweeter darker tone in contrast to the swamp ash maple greater percussive and scooped tone. Obviously the PJ will be much more versatile than an Ultravintage P because of the additional J pickup. I am exremely hapy with my two Sadowsky basses.

    I see you are in central FL. If you drive down to my area in FL you are more than welcome to try my Sadowsky basses.:bassist:
  5. wriosmd


    Jun 1, 2003
    Gainesville, FL
    :bassist:Thanks...I may take you up on that.
  6. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    i just comissioned Roge to build me a 5 string PJ.

    btw, you can order the P pickup in either the normal orientation, or reverse, where the top coil is closer to the bridge.

    from their website:

    also, unmentioned and confirmed by Frank at the shop, but the route for the P pickup is universal in the "vintage" pickguard styled bass. so, if you dont like the regular orientation, you can flip it at will with the right pickguard.
  7. vanselus

    vanselus Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Boulder, CO
    oh no! won't Betsy be some kind of jealous? :eek:
  8. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    hehe, hopefully not...

    she'll always be my goto bass for the j pickup stylie. but hey, we all could use a little pbass lovin' in our playing, no? :D
  9. That's a great option. On my PJ4 spalt maple top without a pickguard I can't do that. But I dig it the way it is.

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