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Sadowsky PJ 5... Any Opinions...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SCT1422, Dec 21, 2001.

  1. SCT1422

    SCT1422 Supporting Member

    I'm looking for feedback on the PJ5 model.. Any opinions or reviews would be appreciated... Thanx..
  2. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    You want opinions? Well, here's one:
    If you have one, you should send to me, IMO.;)
    Awesome basses. Best of both worlds.
  3. Jeff in TX

    Jeff in TX Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2000
    Lone Star State
    You can expect an instrument that is as close to flawless as is possible - from wood selection to setup to finish. There will be no dead spots. No swirls in the finish. It will be true to the P and J bass tone in passive mode and you will have additional control with the superb active preamp.

    The reverse P option would give you a tighter "B", if that's what you want.

    Plus, Roger is among the best in the business in terms of customer service.

    If you're looking for a P/J, it will be among the best.

    Good Luck!
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I was @ his shop today & noticed one on hold. Might this bass be on hold for you?:)
    <img src="http://www.sadowsky.com/basses_in_stock/B3689_full.jpg" width=450>

    He had a 1 or 2 other P/J basses. Personally, I don't like the was a P pick-up looks on a Jazz bass. But that's just me. I have 2 Spector 4 string basses w/that combo & I love it.
  5. SCT1422

    SCT1422 Supporting Member

    Hey Nino, I expected to hear from you.. I actually do have that one on hold and I'm probably going to get it... I already have one Sadowsky, it's a Vintage 5 in Trans White w/morado board, pearloid pickguard and gold hardware.. Kinda of a Mary Kay.. I love it and I'm expecting this one to a slightly different sound with the P-J setup, alder body and morado board... At first I was also not crazy with the P pickup on the Jazz body, but it kind of grew on me... As Jeff and Woodchuck stated they are great basses.. I was in the shop in November, but I didn't get a chance to tryout the P-J. Thanx... Steve....
  6. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Cool. the bass looks AWESOME & probably plays GREAT!!!!! I didn't play it since it had the hold tag on it. I did play these 2:

    <img src="http://www.sadowsky.com/basses_in_stock/B3642_24f5_full.jpg" width=450>
    <img src="http://www.sadowsky.com/basses_in_stock/B3648_v5_full.jpg" width=450>

    WOW!!! The 24 fret 5 w/the custom BassLines sounded incredible!!!!! I might buy a set of those pickup's from Roger & put them in my 24 fret 5.

    I have a Vintage 4 string on order & I can't wait till it's finished!!!!!!
  7. if the 5's only had thinner string spacing......
  8. I played a Sadowsky PJ5 alder + rosewood at Roger's shop last May. I don't want to be vulgar but I almost sh*t in my pants is sounded so good and played so effortlessly. I walked out of the sound room with the biggest grin on my face. I'm not a 5 string player and that played so easily. :D

    To put my money where my mouth is, since 1990 I have bought 4 Sadowsky instruments--3 guitars and 1 jazz bass-- and they are my favorites of all the electric basses and guitars I have owned or demoed since I started playing in 1979. Further, yesterday I called and asked Roger to send me a PJ4 alder + ebony which is currently on the "in stock" page. I don't like the hardware and pickguard choices but it's the tone that matters most. Anyway, he would change that for me if it's my Sadowsky #5.

    These are not cheap but they are instruments that will bring you countless hours of sheer bliss for the rest of your life. For me, that is pretty good bang for the buck.
  9. SCT1422

    SCT1422 Supporting Member

    Hey Worldwidepants, it's funny you should mention the string spacing.. I was in the shop in March 2001 and I tried out the basses and felt the string spacing was alittle too wide, but at the time I had a cast on my right hand.. When I was in November, the string spacing wasn't a problem.. The basses played and sounded great.... I also own a couple of Lakland Deluxe 55-94's and the string spacing isn't too much different than the Sadowsky's...
    Hey Jim, I'm actually having the hardware changed to gold for the 59' burst... Between that and the tortoise shell guard, I think it will look great...
  10. mind giving it to me as a belated Hannukah present?????:D

    seriously, though...i wish i had the $ for one of those...have you compared it to other jazz-types?
  11. SCT1422

    SCT1422 Supporting Member

    Hey guys... Fedex just dropped off the PJ-5... It looks great , especially with the gold hardware... Fired it right up and it sounds great.. I have rehearsal tonight and I can't wait to try it out on a few gigs... Hope everybody had a great New Years Eve... Steve....
  12. Sadowsky PJ truly are awesome. I demo'd a PJ5 like yours and recently a PJ4 but with ebony board. I'd prefer rosewood so I'll order one but with a primo maple top. I'm a sucker for fancy woods.

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