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Sadowsky choice?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FritzM, Nov 8, 2004.

  1. FritzM

    FritzM Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2001
    Madison, MS
    #3939 or M342

    My gigs are mostly straight ahead jazz, mixed with some R&B and Blues. I play 100% fingerstyle with a back pickup "jaco-esque" kind of sound, but a little rounder and a little less "burpy."
    My questions are: obviously Metro vs. NYC, but also would the Vintage tone control help in getting the sound I'm after? I've heard many say that the maple board sounds really good with a darker tone. There is a $1k dollar difference in these two instruments. Please give me your thoughts and input on these two great basses. BTW, I've decided on a Sadowsky after many jazz style basses ( MIA, Custom Shop, Lull, Lakland, etc.)
    I need an instrument that will have superb fretwork because I play with a really low action. Notice, that #3939 has a 9" radius. Will that effect the low action that I want?

  2. Don't get me wrong, I love Sadowsky and a 5 string is top on my list. But Have you checked out Shur basses. If your looking for a "Darkish fat warm" 60s tone John Shur has hit the nail on the head. http://www.suhrguitars.com/mission.htm

    Just thought I'd make your life even more difficult :D
  3. For your playing style I would certainly recommend the rosewood/alder combination (#M342) AND the vintage tone control, although the vintage tone control will help to get rid of fretnoise with a maple fingerboard too, but a maple fretboard is likely to sound too bright for your style. For superb fretwork I would recommend a NY Sadowsky.
    But ofcourse if you want the best advice, just call Roger.

  4. I like the M342. The theory is that the rosewood will have darker sound. I dig the look of maple finger boards better on J basses.

    I like the suhr vintage basses too. Never heard of them but will vouch that you can have an awesome 100% high quality handmade U.S. bass for under $1,500. But Sads have good resale value and seem to be thought of as consistant winners.
  5. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I like the M342 as well.
  6. Yeah, the Metro is very sweet.
  7. pistoleroace


    Sep 13, 2002
    I agree that the Suhr J basses should be looked into, not many people know about these but I'll bet those of you that like Sadowsky would also love the Suhr basses. The attention to detail is the best I have ever seen. To get the "darker" tone I would go with the Alder/Rosewood combo. I played a Suhr over the spring and that's all she wrote for me, I ended up buying an Ash/Maple Suhr J Bass and I'm not looking back at all. It has the typical J bass brightness and the notes are all even across the board with not a dead spot to be found. Check em' out!
  8. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    I know #3939. It is a tremendous bass. Sounds like a million $'s. I have 3 Sadowsky's. All are ash bodies. Two have maple tops. Two have maple boards, the other Morado. I like the maple boards. I wasnt a maple board fan until I started playing full time a couple years ago. Always liked the rosewood better. Now I prefer the maple boards.

    On the other hand, I LOVE my metro. Awesome bass. Ash/maple board. NICE

    Good luck

  9. Lyle Caldwell

    Lyle Caldwell

    Sep 7, 2004
    Much prettier.
  10. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
  11. Rvl


    Dec 23, 2003
    Aomori Japan
    I mimic my Fender 62 reissue(alder/rose) with a ash/maple Sadowsky and Sadowsky Stainless roundwounds.
    Vol 1/4 down
    Passive Tone 1/3 down (maybe a touch more)
    Bass Boost 1/4 up
    Thats with both pickups on full.

    I am getting an Alder/Rose Sadowsky, just waiting until my wife's back is turned.

    I find the ash/maple combination really sits nicely between the guitars and drums. Recently I added the Vintage Tone Control and no longer need to change basses during sets.
    I ordered a set of Sadowsky nickels and will try those out to soften the ash tone.


    Robert VanLane
  12. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    get the metro.

    they're fine instruments, and this one looks like a beaut.
  13. michele

    michele Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2004
    I think the Metro will suit better your sonic needs + she's really nice although I prefere the Vintage look on instruments without a figured maple top. As far as the ash/maple vs. alder/rosewood battle I have to say that Roger sometimes break these rules with exceptional results: I own a NYC 4 with swamp ash/quilted maple top and a madagascar rosewood fingerboard and I think that sonically speaking this bass nicely sits somewhere in the middle between the two combinations usually offered.
  14. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Body wood has a much greater effect on tone than fingerboard wood. I would go for alder because IME it usually provides more warmth and "roundness" than swamp ash.
  15. mike sancho

    mike sancho SANCH

    Feb 10, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    They're both sweet!! For darker tone I like the M342 and the price is right!
  16. michele

    michele Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2004
    Roger himself told me that fingerboard wood plays a great role.
  17. Sadowsky

    Sadowsky Commercial User

    Nov 1, 2000
    Owner: Sadowsky Guitars Ltd.
    I have to disagree. I think the tonal differences of the fingerboard are much greater than the difference between alder and ash.

  18. michele

    michele Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2004
    Oh Roger, I'm SO HAPPY with that ash/madagascar rosewood combination ... :hyper:

  19. Both really nice basses, but as I'm a sucker for quilted maple....I'd say #3939! ;)
  20. alembicbones


    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    For price and looks, my vote would be the Metro (I'm a sucker for the '59 Burst).

    Keep in mind, if the vintage tone control is important to you, it can always be retro fitted to the Metro.

    Best Wishes,