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Sadowsky Tokyo Question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Woodchuck, May 2, 2003.


  1. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I'm 90% sure that I'm going to take the plunge, and become the newest member of the Sadowsky Owners Club (No hazing guys!), anyway, I'm going with the Sadowsky Tokyo series. What are the pros and cons? The only thing negative, besides price, that I've heard about them was that the p'ups are noisy. Could someone with experience with them explain?
     
  2. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    Hi!

    I've had a few Sadowsky's and love them. I almost picked up a Tokyo 5 but declined because of the single coil pickups. I gig constantly and felt the noisy pickups would drive me crazy. I prefer the hum cancelling types. Other than that, I'd say go for it. I've loved every one of Rogers' basses I've owned. Great stuff

    Rob
     
  3. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The pickups are noisey when you solo a pickup. When both are on full, they dead quiet.

    The Tokyo models are just as good as the US models in the craftsmanship, attention to deltail, construction, etc. The pre-amp is different. It has a bass boost & a trebble cut/boost. Normally, they're alittle heavier then the USA basses by about a pound or so & the pre-amp is warmer sounding overall than the USA model.

    Yes, I do have a Sadowsky Tokyo 5 on order, also. :D
     
  4. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Gawd, I hate you! :p
     
  5. marc40a

    marc40a

    Mar 20, 2002
    Boston MA
    Nino,

    Do you usually go w/ nickels or stainless on your Sadowskys?
     
  6. aladdin

    aladdin

    Mar 7, 2003
    Chiba, Japan
    Hey guys,

    How do the two sound? Japan and American
    models? I have not played Sadowsky basses, so
    I cannot say. I do play MusicMan basses. I will say
    that the Japanese made ones and the American
    made ones sound very different. That is not to
    say one is bad and the other good, they just
    sound different. (well, okay, MM Japan has not
    figured out how to finish guitars up to the American
    standard...YET).

    Mind you, all the wood and hardware comes from
    America. They are aged in different locations and
    climates though. Also, the finishing is different.
    Ditto for G&L basses. Sound different.

    Is it the same for the Sadowskys?

    -Aladdin
     
  7. There you have one respected man's opinion.
     
  8. aladdin

    aladdin

    Mar 7, 2003
    Chiba, Japan
    I just learned that the Sadowsky Tokyo models are
    being crafted by Yoshi Kikuchi, who started
    Atelier Z. As you know, those guitars are second
    to none in quality of craftsmanship. Another good
    point for the Tokyo Sadowskys.

    -Aladdin
     
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I use the Sadwosky Stainless Steel Standard Gauge.
     
  10. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I'm not sure.