Sadowsky owners come forward

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pmkelly, Aug 15, 2001.

  1. pmkelly


    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    I have questions from all of you that have picked up a Sadowsky... I am starting to think about contacting them to get "the bass" done, and I wanted to know what your thoughts on ordering from them are... Also, how long it took to get the bass, were you happy, has anyone returned their bass in the seven days, and lastly, was it worth it? Please don't respond with "check the website" or "email the company" because I want to have an idea of how the process goes, not how the people in the company would tell me it is supposed to go. If you want to give me your specs on your bass and how much it went for, I would be grateful, but I can understand that many wouldn't want to put that much info up. So any info you can provide would be great... Thanks for all the help!
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    You could always circumvent "the process" and pick up a used one! I've seen several in London, (England) so there must be quite a few hanging around in the US in places like Bass North West etc. Plus you get the added bonus of being able to "try before you buy" and it's cheaper. People love their Sadowskys and every one I've seen has been in "mint" condition" - so no worries there either.
  3. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I bought one that was in stock. I had Roger change the hardware from chrome to black & it too a month because the bridge was out of stock. It's a 24 fret 5 string, natural ash body, maple f/b & is one of the best basses I've ever played in my 10 years of playing basses.

    <img src=""><img src="">

    I think the wait of ordering a new bass is 4-6 months. I'm a very compulsive freak & I can't wait that long. :p Either way you buy one, new or used, you'll have one of the best basses on the planet!!!!!

    I'm also going to look @ another of bass of the same model that I bid on eBay. The guy is going to come to where I work with it & if it's OK, I'm buying it also!!!!!

    <a href=""><img width=385 height=70 src=""></a>
  4. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
  5. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    :) That's why I wanted to see the bass. I bid on it cause he lives in my area & I could see it before I sent him any cash. The reserve wasen't met so I'm not obligated to buy it. He emailed me after the auction to see if I was still interested. If I don't like it, I'm not buying it but it's a Sadowsky, so what's not to like? ;)
  6. Pmkelly,

    I bought mine used after a long search for the right model and finish I wanted, so I can’t answer
    the part of your question regarding the time to supply.

    I can tell you that all the dealings I’ve had with Roger Sadowsky since have impressed me very much.
    Also after owning quite a few 60’s – 90’s Fender’s, Warwick’s, Status’s, Pedulla, Gibson’s and Stingray’s (pre & EB,) without doubt, my Sadowsky is the best bass for sound, playability and comfort that I’ve ever played or owned in over 25 years.
    It is a Standard 4 in trans cherryburst and weighs only 7.6 pounds.

    Pic attached if you want to look.
  7. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    i'm probably the only guy in the world that has ever sent back a sadowsky.

    it was a fretless modern 5.

    gorgeous bass, perfect setup, perfect service.

    but, it didn't have the characteristics i was looking for in a fretless.

    i would still highly recommend them, and roger, to anyone looking for that "vibe" in an exceptionally constructed instrument.

  8. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000
    My first Sadowsky Vintage 4 was bought without even trying it, it was from Ebay, beside I live in Indonesia and Australia which are faraway from N.Y.
    I was very very excited thinking I could be wrong or made mistake. But then when the bass arrived and tried it I was amazed and fell in love. Ash body , prime grade quilt maple top, ebony fretboard, mint condition 99pct.
    At the time I bid on Ebay, I had ordered 4strings directly from Roger [6 months delivery], an alder body with morado fretboard, passive tone, shoreline gold.
    So if you ask me , of course I 'd never return the bass to Sadowsky cos I like this one too.
    Now I am thinking of another 5 strings with soap bar like one NINO has, but perhaps with bassline pick up, something with modern sound, I( have yet to ask Roger the price but perhaps I rather buy one in stock if available ra ther than waiting for 6 months.

    Now I let you see the pic of my 2 Sadowskys:
  9. pmkelly


    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    Thanks for the ideas so far, I was thinking of going with a new one just for the simple fact that you just don't find many used ones just laying around... people buy them up and do not let them go... Haven't seen what is on eBay today, can't get on there from work... Also, I am widdling down the ideas that I want in my head, and I don't know if I can find a used on that can satisfy that. But if anyone has any ideas where to find used one's, please speak up... I check Bass NW this morning, didn't look like they had anything.

    :D :D :D
  10. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Actually I was thinking of Bass central - it was a typo (!), but as I say there seem to be a few in England so I imagined there would have to be more in the US.

    By the way has anyone else noticed Gard's photo on Bass Central :

  11. I have a Vintage 5 fretted that I bought "off the rack" from Roger's stock and currently have a fretless 5 string with a poly coated fretboard "under construction".

    The wait is 5-6 months. Roger is an amazing person to work with and you can be assured that your bass will receive his best effort.

    I've had my fretted for over a year and it is the first time in 25 years of playing that I have been completely satisfied with an instrument. It plays wonderfully, sounds great everytime, records like a dream and the workmanship was simply flawless.

    If the Sadowsky sound is what you are looking for, I can't imagine you being disappointed. And, if you are, Roger will make it right. It's no-lose.

    Good luck!
  12. pmkelly


    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    I think I will start perusing for a used one... I don't now if I can wait to have mine built, nor do I really think that I can drop that much on one bass at a time... Although I am sure a used one would hurt just as bad. I am just begining to think and save up for one, and just wanted the input from you all. Any other ideas about where to find used Sadowskys? I don't know if I would be keen on buying one off ebay, the most i have spent for a bass there was $150. Quite a little difference between that and the Sadowskys. Any one know of other shops like bass central and bass northwest?
  13. Hey Pmkelly, looks like we're in the same neck o' the woods! :D
  14. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I heard a rumor that someone on the board acquired a Sadowsky today.
  15. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
  16. Amoilbasso


    Apr 22, 2000
    I call Roger by phone in jannuary 1999;I sent an e-mail with the specs of the bass;I sent $500 as an account;the bass was ready in April.I went to NY in August,met roger in person(a very kind person!),and picked -up an absoulutely amazing bass!
    It is a Standard 4,with maple fingerboard,passive tone control(i defenatelly suggest you to install it)and it was $ 3100(-$500 of course!) with a very light,but strong,case.
    In my opinion there are only 2 reasons why not to buy a bass like this:
    1)You don't like Fender-style basses(who doesn't?)
    2)You buy a really great Fender vintage($$$$!!!!);and then you have to find the courage to install a good preamp in it......:eek:
  17. pmkelly


    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    What's up Bassline, How's it going down in JoCo... Great to find another bass from KC, haven't found many around...

    And thanks to all the others who have provided what I believe to be invaluable information on all of this.... anything else that you could think of, let me know, because this will be the first foray into spending so much on a bass that my wife might leave me... hmmmmm bass?....... wife?.......

    Tough Call

    Thanks again all!
  18. First, DO a search on this forum. You'll see the incredible accolades and testimonials to Sadowsky.

    Why ask us how long it takes? Ask Roger, he's making the bass for you, not us. Generally it's maximum 5 months and can be less.

    I spent a lot of time trying different basses. I bought a Sadowsky. Money was no real object. I wanted the best bass I could find. It sounds great live, killed me when I first recorded with it because it sounded sooo incredible. Roger's customer service is a benchmark for any industry. I have two Sadowsky guitars, one bass and his instruments spearhead my wish list. Pics to follow later.
  19. My Sadowsky jazz bass. This is a primo top and you've got to pay extra for it. Glad I did.

  20. Amoilbasso


    Apr 22, 2000
    Hey pmkelly.
    as I told you,my bass was ready in less than 3 months!