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Sadowsky- new or used?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RS, Nov 14, 2001.

  1. RS


    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    What do you think? If I go for a Sadowsky, should I buy a used one with some of the options I want or
    just splurge and get one exactly with the color and options I want? The advantage of the used one would be it is a lot cheaper and no wait time for construction. The bad thing is it may not be exactly what I want.
  2. Rock City

    Rock City

    Apr 8, 2001
    I'm selling a Standard 5 if you're interested! Email me at gibsongeek@aol.com if interested.
  3. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Hey mcguin, I think you hit "New Thread" in stead of "reply to post". :D :p

  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Buy what you want. Personally, I'm weird. If I were to buy a used one for less money that wasent to exact spec I wanted, it's bug me alittle & it would bug me more & more each day. :) I'd end up ordering another Sadowsky w/the specs I wanted even if the used one was awesome (which it would be.)

    On the other hand, I wanted a 24 fret 5 string w/a quilted maple top. I went to his shop & he had 2 in stock, one w/a quilted maple top & one w/out. I played both & I bought the one w/out the quilted maple top because it played sounded better. The quilted one wasen't bad by any means, just the natural one had the edge.

    <img src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=52383387&Sequence=0&res=high">
    <img width=200 src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=52383388&Sequence=1&res=high">
  5. Jeff in TX

    Jeff in TX Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2000
    Lone Star State
    I think it depends on the options you want. If you want a color or style that Roger has in stock, the pickups, hardware and electronics can often be swapped out for what you want. Obviously, soapbars can't be exchanged for J-bass pickups, but single coils can be swapped for humbuckers. Even a P-bass pickup can be exchanged for a jazz style.

    Regardless, new or used, Sadowsky makes a fine instrument.

  6. JimS

    JimS Supporting Member

    There was a thread like this. It depends on how picky you are. Quality wise I woudn't be too concerned as long as you know the instrument wasn't abused.

    Roger does sell used guitars and basses on his website and that probably is the most reassuring way to buy a used Sadowsky. Call or e-mail him to see if he knows of anybody thinking of selling a Sadowsky.

    At this price point I ordered my 4 Sadowsky instruments exactly the way I wanted them to be and Roger turned dreams into reality. See the pics in the link below. I'm toying very seriously with the idea of a fifth: a PJ 4 quilt maple on alder with Brazilian rosewood 'board. The greatest motivation to get the 5th Sadowsky is to edge out Nino1;)
  7. I'm looking for a really nice, used but clean Sadowsky 4 with humcancelling Sadowsky JJ pickups.

    Let me know if anyone wants to sell a good one.


    Jonathan Starr
  8. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I forgot to mention that I bought a used Sadowsky 24 fret 5 string from eBay after I bought the natural one pictured above. I liked the feel & sound of the natural one so I sold it on eBay & I now have a 4 string being built.

    There was absolutly nothing wrong w/the used one I bought. It had some minor dings but nothing major. It had the nice figured top I wanted but the natural one was "for me". If I didn't have the natural one to compare it to, I would of kept the used one because it played better than anything else in my collection. :D
  9. I think your natural one is an incredibly classy bass.



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