SOLD Sadowsky NYC J5 ash/Brazilian RW single coils 1 3/4" nut

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by richst, Jun 21, 2020.

  1. richst


    Jul 14, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    I'm bummed I have to do this but bills are piling up because of the Covid BS. I received this back in March right before the gigs dried up. It's a honey, no doubt. Chambered ash body in white see through Mary Kaye finish with a brazilian RW fingerboard. Single coil PU's in 60's position and the most awesome 1 3/4" nut. The 1 7/8" nuts on most Sadowsky's always felt a little wide for me. This Will Lee size is just right. It weighs in at just over 8 lbs. It's the best of both worlds tone-wise. You can get a great slap tone with the preamp but it doesn't have the brittleness of a maple board. I love this combo and have it on another J bass which had been my go to for many years. It really shines on the modern fingerstyle sound. If I didn't need the cash I would keep it for sure. I'll give it a good lookyloo later to make sure I disclose any dings but it's as close to mint as any bass I've ever owned. Comes with a nice Sadowsky portabag. $4k shipped anywhere in the lower 48. I'll split shipping to Alaska or Hawaii. No trades. I need the dough.

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    KUETSUM Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Hong Kong
    Great price!it won't stay long!
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  3. Bogun

    Bogun Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2007
    Wow, that's a fantastic bass! Someone is going to be very happy! GLWTS
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  4. Ryno1330


    Jan 14, 2020
    Yep - agree with others. Beautiful and great configuration. If I hadn't just bought a custom Z3 it would be tough to turn this down.
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  5. Do the WL model have 20 mm string spacing?
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  6. stringtheory6


    Nov 20, 2008
    Will Lee Model Specifications

    • Swamp ash or alder body chambered for enhanced resonance and light weight
    • Maple or rosewood fingerboard
    • Sleek 1.45” nut width on 4-string or 1.75" on 5-string
    • 22 nickel/silver frets .090" wide x .048" high
    • Custom Hipshot/Sadowsky tuning gears with D-tuner
    • Sadowsky Single Coil or Humcancelling J pickups
    • Sadowsky Soapbars in '60s J-Bass locations or Sadowsky P/J
    • Custom Will Lee preamp with switchable midboost with trimpot
    • Frequency selectable at 500 or 800 Hz, wide or narrow bandwidth
    • Front: master vol, pickup blend, treble roll-off (VTC), bass boost, treble boost, midboost on/off, preamp bypass
    • Rear: trimpots for adjusting preamp gain and mid boost
    • Sadowsky chrome-plated brass bridge
    • >> String spacing at bridge: 20mm on 4 Strings, and 19mm on 5 Strings <<
    • Portabag case is included. $150 upcharge for our hard case.
    • Additional options available
    $5500 Base Price 4-string

    $5800 Base Price 5-string
  7. richst


    Jul 14, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    I looked it over carefully and I can't find a ding anywhere. Nothing. Pretty incredible for 5-6 year old bass. I doubt it was played much at all. there is some swirling on the pickguard but that's it. I weighed it on the bathroom scale. 8.3 lbs. perfect balance and easy on the back. I played my first gig back with it last night at a wedding. I was able to get all the sounds I needed from motown to top 40. I havent been practicing much during the layoff so I was a little nervous as to how my fingers would react to full nights worth of playing. This bass felt like an old friend. If it wasn't worth so much damn money I wouldn't sell it. F#$%^g Covid. I'll reach out to Sadowsky tomorrow to get some answers to your PM requests. 19mm string spacing at the bridge.
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  8. KaseOfBass

    KaseOfBass Put some stank on it... Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Austin, Texas

    To clarify, the bass for sale is not a Will Lee model, it simply has the same 1.75” nut width as a Will Lee 5-string (as opposed to the regular 1.875” nut width). No doubt a fantastic bass either way and the 1.75” nut is super comfortable. GLWTS, OP.
  9. richst


    Jul 14, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    Correct. This bass has the 1 3/4" nut which is unusual for the NYC basses. Most are 1 7/8". This is not a Will Lee model. It has the regular Sadowsky preamp without the mid switch found on the Will Lee basses. Still waiting to hear from Roger on the particulars of the bass.
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    KUETSUM Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Hong Kong
    1 3/4" is really comfortable!
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  11. richst


    Jul 14, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    Let's try $3750 shipped before I send it to the bay... Paypal only please.
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