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Sadowsky vs Eshenbaugh

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JRBrown, Jul 1, 2003.


  1. JRBrown

    JRBrown

    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    I had to do it! We A/B'd my Sadowsky and Eshenbaugh basses. Again, no suprises here.

    Eshenbaugh: THUNDER
    - Alder body, Walnut top and back
    - Maple neck, Rosewood board
    - Dimarzio Ultra Jazz pups
    - Aguilar OBP-3 preamp (9 volts)
    - SR2000 strings
    - Deep, deep low end
    - Smooth highs
    - Scooped sounding (mid freq adjustable)
    - Sounds more like Marcus Miller's tone than his MM Fender signature bass does.
    - Fact: If you want to know what this bass sounds like, listen to Marcus Miller's latest album, "Ozell Tapes: The Official Bootleg"
    - The Eshenbaugh body/design contributes to a low end roar that I have yet to find on any other bass.

    Sadowsky:LIGHTNING
    - Alder body
    - Maple neck, Morado board
    - Sadowsky (Dimarzio) pups
    - Sadowsky preamp
    - Slowound strings
    - Big fat bottom
    - Nice mid-bass punch
    - Smooth, defined mids
    - Razor-sharp clean highs
    - The Sadowsky preamp...WOW!


    Summary:

    No clear winner here; it all depends on what you like. But if I could take only one bass, it would probably be the Sadowsky because of it's flexibility in the upper frequencies.

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  2. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Winner? I myself wanna lean towards the Eshenbaugh...
     
  3. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    JR,

    too cool. :cool: the best of both worlds, no doubt!
     
  4. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    but you must have broken a string on the Sad- - its missing one :D
     
  5. dragonbass

    dragonbass Commercial User

    Feb 17, 2003
    N.Y.
    Owner/Builder of LoPrinzi Basses.........................................EX-Sadowsky Guitars Builder
    But...
    1 is a set-neck, and the other is a bolt-on!

    1 is a five string, and the other is a 4 string!

    You can't really compare the 2.
     
  6. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    nice review - thanks.
     
  7. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    But, he did.
     
  8. vanselus

    vanselus

    Sep 20, 2000
    Boulder, CO
    None
    oh no! :eek:

    actually, that Eshenbaugh is SWEET. I dig it! I checked out his site, and I especially would LOVE a 4 or 5 string version of that one-pickup 7 string.

    nice!
     
  9. JRBrown

    JRBrown

    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    The Eshenbaugh IS sweet!

    Other facts:

    - Both were operating at 9 volts. The Eshenbaugh has an 18 volt option.

    - The Sadowsky has no mid control, so I left the mid control on the Eshenbaugh at flat. However, I was able to dial in all kids if mids centered at 400hz or 800hz--but not my objective.

    - In passive mode, the two basses sound very similar. But the Sadowsky had a slightly higher output.

    - The highlights are:
    -- The Eshenbaugh body/design contributed to a low end that I have yet to find on any other bass.
    -- The Sadowsky preamp...WOW!
     
  10. JRBrown

    JRBrown

    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    I took both basses to class today (just for fun). Everybody liked the Eshenbaugh better.

    UPDATE: Ooops! Played around with the Sadowsky some more tonight 7-5-03. The disparity in bass response is not as drastic as first thought. I forgot that the Sadowsky has the pickup balance control wired opposite of other bass brands. During the initial session, I had the balance control on both basses turned 75% clockwise: Front pickup on the Eshenbaugh, rear pickup on the Sadowsky. (However, the low end response on the Eshenbaugh is still the deeper of the two.)
     
  11. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Wow, so that thing can kill the low end on the Smiths and Moduli you've owned? That must be some pretty funky bottom.
     
  12. JRBrown

    JRBrown

    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    Yes. It has more low end than anything I have ever owned. BTW, I'm not talking about a louder low end. I'm talking about an extended low end. This bass produces the sounds done in the low Hertz range.

    I pulled the Ken Smith-5 out just to see how the low ends compare. The low end on the Smith is no joke. But the Eshenbaugh still was the deeper of the two. I turned the bass to max on both basses. The Smith got a little muddy with the bass at full volume [I can't rememnber if it's 9 or 18 volts]. The Eshenbugh remained clear and it's running on 9 of the possible 18 volts.
     
  13. Tumbao

    Tumbao

    Nov 10, 2001
    FL
    What is the Eshenbaugh's fingerboard radius measure?
     
  14. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Boston, MA
    What's the link to the Eshenbaugh site? Thanks.
     
  15. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    Very nicely detailed. Must be nice!
     
  16. JRBrown

    JRBrown

    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    UPDATE: Ooops! Played around with the Sadowsky some more tonight 7-5-03. The disparity in bass response is not as drastic as first thought. I forgot that the Sadowsky has the pickup balance control wired opposite of other bass brands. During the initial session, I had the balance control on both basses turned 75% clockwise: Front pickup on the Eshenbaugh, rear pickup on the Sadowsky. (However, the low end response on the Eshenbaugh is still the deeper of the two.)

    I made edits accordingly. ;)
     
  17. Stachio

    Stachio Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2002
    Atlanta
    I noticed you replaced the preamp and and pickups ?
    Eshenbaugh is the real deal. I love the bigger body. I can see one like that with a bubinga top...drool.