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Sadowsky Standard 5 -vs- Sadowsky Modern 5

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by g4string, Feb 2, 2004.


Standard 5 - Modern 5

Poll closed Feb 16, 2004.
  1. Sadowsky Standard 5

    10 vote(s)
    50.0%
  2. Sadowsky Modern 5

    10 vote(s)
    50.0%
  1. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    If you had to choose between these two basses, which would you choose.
     
  2. Ben Mishler

    Ben Mishler

    Jan 22, 2003
    San Jose
    Personally, I would go for the modern 5. Of course, either would be a wonderful bass that I would love to have.
     
  3. What kind of music do you play?

    Do you need 24 frets?

    I think they have slightly different string spacing but I'm not sure. I have two Sadowsky 4 string and two Sadowsky 6* string. Since I have a Pj4 and jazz 4, I'd probably get the Modern with the soapbars but that's unique to my situation.






    *Don't get your hopes up. The 6 are guitars. ;)
     
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    One of each :)

    I tend to use both of mine equally but I use my 24 fret 5 (aka Modern 5) for recording with my band Theorem.
     
  5. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda

    Jun 3, 2000
    NJ
    Whichever basses Nino had, they were all great! I don't think you can really go wrong on both. I think you should play both of them and see which one will fit better for your style/band style.

    I personally use my 24 frets on my Zon.

    D
     
  6. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    i'm with Nino and DM: One of both.

    i'm itchin' for a P/J myself.

    f
     
  7. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda

    Jun 3, 2000
    NJ
    Fred: Sadowsky with a Graphite Neck and Lightwave pickups!?
    :rolleyes: :p
     
  8. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    DM: hehe, i deserve that!

    but, i'll take Roger's basses just the way they are!!!

    :cool:

    f
     
  9. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda

    Jun 3, 2000
    NJ
    maybe... a new project? ;)
     
  10. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    depends on what sounds you want.

    my vintage 5, which is similar to the standard 5, has that classic Jbass sound, with the sadowsky hifi, "kick in the pants" twist. the modern 5's i've tried, have that kick, and also tended to be a bit more midrangey and maybe even brighter sounding in the upper mids.

    those extra 3 frets nonwithstanding, both are pretty versatile, and i'm sure you could pull a variety of tones from either one.

    what i'd really like to see however is a "dual J pickup" pair on a Modern 5. now THAT would rock. and prolly be my next Sadowsky. ;)

    and yea, Nino's tone on his band's demo CD is KICK@$$!

    btw, who be Sadowsky Nut #2? can i be #4? :p
     
  11. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    I already sent the sadowsky shop an email to see if they would do a dual J p/u config on a modern 5. The answer was no :bawl: As far as music I play, I play in a funk/jazz/fusion band and a country band. I am currently using a Lakland 55-94. I would like to have a Standard and a Modern 5, but I can only afford one right now. The reason I like the Modern 5 is because of the body style. I really like the extended cutaways and the longer horns. I like the standard beacuse of the dual J p/u config.

    What I really wanted was a modern 5 with a MM/J p/u config. That would f*****g rock!
     
  12. theaterbass29

    theaterbass29

    Nov 14, 2003
    Nashville, Tennesse
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Sadowsky, D.Markley, Spector
    Hey Guys,
    I happen to have a new Modern 5, 24Fret for sale. It has an ash body, '59 Burst finish, and maple board. One piece maple neck and Sadowsky Soaps. Comes with Ultralite case and paperwork. 5 months old, mint condition. New was $3200, will sell for $2600.
    As for the opinion in the poll, many have said that the 60 cycle hum on the J/J and P/J models is annoying. The humbucking Modern 5 soaps have zero noise and still have that trademark Sadowsky sound. By the way, my 5er is one of the lightest that Roger has ever made, only 8 lbs! Let me know if you want it. I take PayPal and U.S.P.S. Money orders.
    Email for pics.
     
  13. Sadowsky

    Sadowsky Commercial User

    Nov 1, 2000
    Owner: Sadowsky Guitars Ltd.
  14. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    My 24 fret 5 has EMG 40J's which are EMG J's in a soapbar casing in the position you prefer!!!!!

    Give a listen to these songs to get an idea of the sound. I play with a pick VERY aggressively.

    http://artistvance.com/newtemp/Music/WIMS.mp3
    http://artistvance.com/newtemp/Music/CLEAN BREAK.mp3

    This is my bass except I had the hardware changed to black.
    <img src="http://www.sadowsky.com/media/archive_bass/3575_full.jpg">
     
  15. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    FYI,

    all Sadowsky pickups on the USA models are humcancelling. :) and the PJ is humcancelling as well. only the Tokyo and i'm sure the Metro series are single coils.
     
  16. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    hmm... interesting.

    too bad i'm not an active pickup / EMG fan. wonder if any other brand does similar pickups. wonder if you can stick two sadowsky pickups together like that... hmm...
     
  17. GRoberts

    GRoberts Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Tucson, AZ USA
    Besides the extra 3 frets, how does a standard 21 fret neck differ compared to a 24 fret neck? Is the fret to fret spacing a little closer together up and down the neck with a 24 fret neck?
     
  18. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
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  19. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    EMG do the HZ passive pickups in the same shape. They don't make the same variety of passive pickups, i.e. they don't do a passive P, but you could get series/parallel operation from the HZ's. That'd give you that JJ Roscoe Beck 5 type sound.
     
  20. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Bartolini makes a passive P/U with a J or a P in a SoapBar that is the same size as the EMG Extended Series pickups.

    A friend of mine put a pair of these Bart J in a Dean Edge 6 with an Aguilar OBP-1 & it sounded AMAZING!!!!! & I don't usually like Barts.