Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MrFortuneCookie, Oct 5, 2001.

  1. What do you guys think of Sadowsky basses?
  2. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    I tried a trad type maple neck 5 string jazz at bass central. The flame body was awesome, I liked the neck (normally prefer rosewood/ebony) but it didnt do it for me. It was a bass I wanted to like, build quality is excellent, it looks good, plays good, Roger is a great bloke (he's posted here remember) but it wasnt happening.

    Please note that this is not a slag, objectively they are excellent basses, I dont like them and I tryed.

    Sorry to to put you off but please do 2 things

    1 try a few for yourself
    2 read the post Nino is bound to submit
  3. flipperwhite


    Jul 12, 2001
    nino,this ones yours buddy.
  4. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    you can do some research here, there is a lot of thread about Sadowsky.

    If you want the best jazz available today, you can't go wrong with a Sadowsky.
    Great sound
    great workmanship
    great guys (everybody there is nice)
  5. Yvon's right - there's a ton of great info here if you do a search on Sadowsky.

    I have a Vintage 5 fretted that is the best bass I've ever owned or played. It is simply flawless. I have a fretless being built that's due in November.

    That said, I would suggest you play one - it might not be right for you.

    It is a great bass made by a great company that sets the standard for service and quality.

  6. Indeed do a search and type "Sadowsky" on this forum. There are several threads.

    I could buy any instrument, have tried numerous brands including vintage gear and have purchased four instruments from Sadowsky. IMHO Sadowsky guitars and basses are the finest bolt-on style instruments available on the planet with a level of customer service that is the rarely equalled. You can check my reviews at Harmony Central. When it came to bass I tried many models and manufacturers including Lakland, Alembic, Fodera, Ken Smith, MTD, Warwick, Modulus, Fender, G&L, Status, Dingwall, ESP, Peavey, Ibanez, and a few others. I bought a Sadowsky because it had great tone, playablity, was gorgeous, quiet (no preamp noise or RF hum), and Sadowsky is a superb person to deal with.

    My Sadowsky jazz bass has unbelievable tone and sounds incredible live and in the studio. I was slackjawed when I heard the bass played back to me in the studio. "That's me?!" It sounded so darn good and was easy to record: no EQ needed.

    The three guitars Roger has built for me are AMAZING. Since I have my Sadowsky guitars I sold the majority of my PRS (7 gone, 2 left) and all of my Fender and ESP. The upgraded figured tops and fingerboards rival any PRS Private Stock if not exceed any other high end luthier. I intend to buy a few more in the next year or two.* For decades of great tone, inspiration, and big grins they are worth every penny.

    *I was going to order another guitar and a PJ4 bass this month but since September 11th I donated to the Red Cross and invested the rest after the market tanked.
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    MrFortuneCookie, I have played Jeff Rader's Sadowsky.

    It's the only Sadowsky that I have ever played, and it is the best bass that I have ever played.
  8. KPO2000

    KPO2000 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2001
    I have been leaning towards getting a Sadowsky lately, but today I tried a a couple Mike Lull basses at Rock City Music in Somerville, MA. (Thanks Corey!) and they were very Sweeeet! Handmade and great quality and at a over $1000 less than a Sadowsky, I'm finding them very tempting.

    Admittedly I haven't tried a Sadowsky yet, but anyone have anything BAD to say about a Mike Lull bass compared to Sadowsky?
  9. flipperwhite


    Jul 12, 2001
    there both very nice non-Spector bass':D
  10. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Anything bad to say?

    Ummm... it's not a Sadowsky;)

    i've played Lulls and they're nice. Some consider them Sadowsky's equal. Not me... not yet.
  11. I've played a few. The ones I played were very nice basses.

    Not as good as the Sadowsky's I've played, but that is a personal perspective.

  12. Gawsh... thanks, Jeff!

  13. Had my Sadowsky 4 since February and like JimS, don’t often gig with any of my other 15 basses now. If I do, it’s normally for only one or two tunes, and then I can’t wait to pick up the Sad again.
    Best bass I’ve ever played or owned since I started in the late sixties. Knocks my now sold ’63 Jazz out of the equation.
  14. ThunderStik

    ThunderStik Guest

    Jun 25, 2001
    Claremore OK.

    LMAO:D :D :D :p :p

    (Budweiser voice on) True,,,,True, (voice off)
  15. SCT1422

    SCT1422 Supporting Member

    I just ordered a Sadowsky today and I can't wait.. I've tried thier Vintage 5 which was nice, but went with the 24 fret 5... I have 2 Lakland Deluxe 55-94's right now which are definite keepers and when Lakland comes out with the Joe Osborn 5 string, I plan on picking one up... The Lull's are also very nice and a great company to deal with, especially Roger Gee.. I might look for a used one.. I've been trying to find a used Sadowsky, but they're tough to come by... Steve....
  16. KPO2000

    KPO2000 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2001
    OK. OK. I've GOT to try a Sadowsky now.:D
  17. Sadowsky has a 7 day trial period. All you have to lose are shipping charges.
  18. I have never seen a Sadowsky in Person before but all of the pics I've seen and all the comments made are starting to make me salivate over them. I know I can't afford one unless I sell my current bass and blow all the money I'm saving for my car stereo system. And that might get me a used one.
    If I can get to the point, how much would shipping be approx. Maybe I could have my dad put it on his credit card and then return it. I'm dreaming.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I included a pic of my fave Sadowsky. If only it was a Five.
  19. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000
    I live so far away from US, say, 24 hrs flight trip. In may place nobody sells high end basses. I have bought and played quite many of high end basses and never satisfied, until I bought first Sadowsky V4, and since then I never want to buy other than Sadowsky basses, to tell you that the third one is coming.My wife never complain if I bought this brand of bass ;) . My problem is to sell those other basses I have, because people here can't afford to buy expensive basses, and to sell back to the USthe airfreight cost is too high.:( . Well they are eating dust now.
    I admire Roger's attention, he is my friend.
  20. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000
    Hi, my newly ordered Sadowsky will look like that but only in 5 strings 24 frets with Soap bar p.u.