Sadowsky P or Fender Custom Shop P?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by scottrolf, Aug 4, 2019.

  1. scottrolf


    Jul 13, 2011
    Bandon, OR
    I’m in the market for a good P bass and have been considering the Fender Custom Shop Closet Classic P.

    I currently own a Sadowsky NYC J and NYC Will Lee 5 string.

    In your humble opinions, would you stay in the Sadowsky family or stray and go with the Fender?
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  2. quindecima

    quindecima Inactive

    Sep 18, 2016
    Walterville, Oregon
    That's a no-brainer for me...….Sadowsky
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  3. PaperbackRyder

    PaperbackRyder Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    Maynard, MA
    IMO if you want a passive PBass get the Fender.
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  4. scottrolf


    Jul 13, 2011
    Bandon, OR
    That’s definitely a consideration.
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  5. In my humble opinion, if you want the sound of a P bass, you should get the Fender.

    If it's as good as my custom shop '59 Precision, you're in for a real treat.
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  6. Dave Hill

    Dave Hill Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
  7. PaperbackRyder

    PaperbackRyder Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    Maynard, MA
    If that design really rings your bell, go for it.
  8. graphics1988

    graphics1988 Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2014
    Ontario Canada
    I have a CS closet classic Fender P bass. Plays and sounds amazing. I wouldn't hesitate on a Fender IMO. I'm also not brand loyal - I like variety.
    Ya want authentic? CS Fender is the way to go. Ya want a knock off? (albeit a damn good one)...go Sadowsky. Either way...that white and tort is HOT!!!
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  9. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    Bayside, New York
    I have a CS’s a great instrument.
    You can always use the off board SADOWSKY pre amp with your Fender.

    I once owned a Sadowsky P Bass. The one bass I regret selling.
  10. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    For me: it's too heavy for that kind of money knowing that the resale won't be great
    (unless you play it first and it takes your soul...)
  11. funkytoe

    funkytoe In Memoriam

    Jan 17, 2008
    Northern California
    Depends. For me, passive p = Fender. Modern/Active p favors Sadowsky.
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  12. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    AZ, USA
    For less than 1/2 the price I’d buy a Fender MIA Pro P. The P is the working man’s bass.
  13. I have a few P-basses, all Fenders, two 64s, one 74, one 83, and one CS. Sadowsky basses are great instruments but a different vibe. You should buy what works for you.
  14. scottrolf


    Jul 13, 2011
    Bandon, OR
    I’m glad you mentioned that.
    Is there a notable difference in build quality or necks?
  15. Adam Wright

    Adam Wright Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2002
    Sadowsky for sure but I think there are better ways to go than either choice. I think the American Originals are better built and much more consistent than the Custom Shop if you’re going Fender(owned a bunch of CS basses and build quality is wildly inconsistent).
  16. Tim1


    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    I respect your opinion but my experience had been the exact opposite of this, and I too have owned a bunch of CS and other Fenders over the past 40 years.
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  17. Adam Wright

    Adam Wright Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2002
    Most of them were easy fixes but nearly all of them required a fret dressing between the 17th and 19th frets on the A and D string. One had a nut cut too low on the G. Another had the skunk stripe coming out of the back of the neck which wasn’t so easy to fix.
  18. Tim1


    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    Amazing to hear that, I have never had to touch any of mine, new or used. They were and are all perfectly set up for a medium to low action. The skunk shop issue would have gone straight back to the factory, no doubt. Thanks for sharing.
  19. Have you considered a Lakland USA 44-64? You would have options in terms of color and woods, you would have passive tone (like the CS P and unlike the Sad) plus you would have fabulous build quality for around what the CS is selling for and for less than a Sad NYC.
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