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Sadowsky dilemma

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mikezimmerman, Sep 29, 2004.

  1. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    I've been watching the various Sadowsky threads with interest. A couple of months ago, I put down a deposit on a Metro RV5--I really had my heart set on a 60's vintage style rosewood and alder 5-string Jazz, complete with tortie guard. It's due in early November.

    In the meantime, though, I had the opportunity to pick up a nice older flame-topped ash/maple NYC Standard 5 for a good price, and I just couldn't pass it up. This is my first Sadowsky, and it arrived yesterday. The action and playability are great, and I really like the slightly chunky neck--it just feels like a bass that's meant to groove and hold down the bottom. Plus, it just looks gorgeous. When I first plugged it in, it sounded pretty good but nothing special on its own...but after taking it out to a blues jam, I can definately see where this thing shines in the mix! Can't wait to get it out to one of my regular gigs. :hyper:

    However, I'm still kinda jonesin' for a more vintage/traditional looking piece. I really intended the Sad to be a "meat and potatoes" bass that would fit into all kinds of gigs, from corporate/casino stuff to blues and redneck rock in biker bars. If anything, this NYC just looks too fancy! :rolleyes: Plus, it has Barts in it, and while they sound great, I find myself wondering how they compare to the newer Sadowsky pickups.
    (I'm really becoming a fan of the maple board, though...)

    Hence my problem. Do I hang onto this one and cancel the Metro order, or not? I can't afford to keep both. If I keep this one, do I upgrade the pickups and hardware?

    Anybody got a Vintage 5 they want to trade? :rolleyes:

  2. Stevious G

    Stevious G

    May 5, 2003
    Keep this one 'till you get the other one.

    Then cannibalize the two of them, and build one uberbass out of both. I'm not a Sadowsky buff by any means, but I assume that they are probably pretty similar to Fenders in their modular-ness. Keep whichever pickups you prefer, and maybe the neck off this one, and sell off what will still be a very, very nice bass.
  3. Big String

    Big String Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2000
    Northwest Indiana
    That's a beaut but I like pickguards on my instruments mostly. I like both maple and rosewood but prefer the rosewood in the end. When I converted to bass about 13 years ago I preferred the maple because it sounded clearer instead of brighter like on a guitar, but when I started getting high end amps and cabs that were just so clear and defined the maple started to sound to thin to me and I'm back preferring the rosewood for now. Many player say it does not matter and the diff is barely noticeable for sound/tone so it's got a lot to do with feel as well as looks too. I'm having a similar taste test myself deciding which scheme to get on a new P bass. :rolleyes: Hope thats all the problems we have.. Amen. :)
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
  5. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Nino -- I'm trying to trim the number of basses down! (Aside from the Curbows, but that's another story...) Besides, I've spent way too much on gear already this year. I do appreciate your recommendation of waiting until the Metro gets here and A/B-ing it with the NYC...I'd been wondering about doing that, but wasn't sure that was really fair to you folks at Sadowsky if I returned it. Seems like the Metros are in high enough demand that it wouldn't be a problem, though.

    As for changing the hardware, mostly it's just because I'm really fond of the Hipshot tuners, and have never been all that crazy about those heavy older Gotoh bridges. It's not a big deal, just a thought.

  6. GRoberts

    GRoberts Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Tucson, AZ USA
    I'm also thinking a Metro Vintage 5 string. Can't wait to hear your comparison of the Metro versus NYC.