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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by zultimatez, Sep 11, 2008.
SAd nyc are semi-hollow!???
It's not a standard solid body bass?
Metro 5-strings come with Hipshot Licensed tuners. IME they are slightly heavier than US Hipshots. 4-string Metros come with tuners Sadowsky logo engraved, I think - not 100% sure - they are made by Gotoh.
The bodies are extensively routed/chambered.
They're chambered, not semi-hollow. Semi-hollow implies an f-hole.
I fully agree with the impact of fingerboard wood on tone. My qualm with the influence of body wood on tone is simply that there can be significant differences between 2 pieces of the same type of wood, let alone different woods. I don't believe that ash sounds one way and mahogany another and that this is predictable or significant enough to be relevant (more low-mids, etc.). Pick pairs of basses that are identical in all respects except body wood. I will bet a large sum of dead presidents that nobody can BLINDLY tell (with any kind of consistency, say 75%) which bass is made from which wood based on tone. Just my 02.
Apology for the derail....back to regularly scheduled programming....
I disagree. For example, G & L ASAT semi-hollow is available + or - an f-hole.
Actually, semi-hollow has nothing to do with an f-hole. For example, the Rob Allen basses are 'semi-hollow', which means they have chambers resulting from removal of some of the body wood, just like the Sadowsky NYC. The Rob Allens have a few large chambers, while the Sadowsky NYC has many smaller ones. You can get Rob Allens with or without an F hole.
I would agree, though, that a few large chambers results in more of an 'acoustic' tone, whereas the tight chambering of the Sadowsky is primarily for weight reduction.
That was awesome, thank you! I ended up even taking notes about the history of his preamps.
How long have they been doing this? Mine is about 7 years old and is 9.5 lbs... I suspect it's solid.
They still do NYC basses that are solid. If you get a clear finish with no figured top, those usually are solid according to Kevin at Sadowsky.
My 1988 Sadowsky is solid Swamp Ash @7.5 lbs. As Roger mentioned in that video the lighter woods were easier to come by back then.
+1. The nonrouted ash are indicated as 'solid ash' on the spec's on the website. I just got a solid ash NYC MV5, and it's just totally, completely killer, and still under 9 pounds. The really light ash models don't really do it much for me, but that 8.5-9 pound range really seems to be a great mix of 'reasonable' weight and low end punch and balls!
My 1998 NYC Standard 4-string Ash with quilted maple top weighs in at 9.2 pounds. I agree with the previous poster in that 8.5 - 9.5 (IME) seems to be the best combination of light enough without sacrificing sound quality.
Both the Metro Line and the NYC use satin nitro on the necks and poly on the bodies.
NYC tuners are all US Hipshot. Metro uses licensed Hipshot on the 5 string and Gotoh on the 4 string.
As said, chambered bodies, graphite strips and thicker headstock are NYC only.
Straplocks NYC, regular strap buttons on Metro
Bridges same design, but Metro bridge made overseas with 1.5mm adjustment wrench. NYC made in US with 1/16" adjustment wrench
Full range of options available on NYC. Options on Metro limited to model and color.
Choice of case on NYC.
Pickups and preamp same on both.
Hope this helps.
It seems that you are a sadowsky's expert
Now I'm confused. Someone mentioned that the NYC headstocks were about 5/8" thick which is exactly what my Metro measures.??