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Ultra Vintage Sadowsky Model...Anyone?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by KPO2000, Nov 5, 2001.


  1. KPO2000

    KPO2000 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2001
    MA
    Anyone tried or own one of these from Sadowsky? How would you characterize their differences from the standard vintage line? Thanks.
    K
     
  2. Read about it at Roger's website.
     
  3. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I was recently @ Rogers shop & played an Ultra Vintage P. I personally </b>HATE</b> P-basses. But This was the best sounding P-bass I've ever played. IMO the neck was very wide & kind of uncomfortable, but you could get used to that. :)
     
  4. barroso

    barroso

    Aug 16, 2000
    Italia
    only in my night time wet dreams i usually play a Sadowsky ultra vintage P bass.

    Nino, how could you hate the big P!!!
    See the pendulum in my right hand and listen...
    I....HAve...tO...LiKE....tHe BiG....P
    repeat with me
    NoW...I....LikE...the....P
    :D
     
  5. Rock City

    Rock City

    Apr 8, 2001
    Boston,Ma
    Hey NINO,
    You're the Sadowsky guy.............how much do your basses weigh? I've had two 5 strings(just got #1254) and they're both pretty heavy. Roger claims that he uses lightweight swamp ash, but my Lull is easily 2 pounds lighter! Maybe the earlier ones are heavier? Let me know.
     
  6. My 4 string swamp ash + maple top and maple 'board Sadowsky jazz bass is very light. How many pounds? I don't know but when I pick it up it may be the lightest instrument in my collection of electric guitars and bass. It's much lighter than almost any bass I've played in a store, especially Fender-Lakland style instruments.

    I remember when it arrived I was startled at how effortlessly it could lift it. In fact, when I was pulling it out of the box I was expecting a heavier instrument and amost put the headstock into the ceiling at work!
     
  7. lump

    lump

    Jan 17, 2000
    St. Neots, UK
    I have a five (#3552), which is swamp ash with a quilt maple top, and it's definitely lighter than your average Fender. You could land an F-14 on the neck though, and it does dive a bit, especially when sitting. But like Nino sez, you get used to it. :)
     
  8. Robert B

    Robert B Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Hampton, Va USA
    Lump -- You got a Sadowsky? Wow, cool! How did you get it to Korea -- Carry it with you or have it shipped?
     
  9. lump

    lump

    Jan 17, 2000
    St. Neots, UK
    Yup. I don't think I've ever posted my own pic of it, so I'll attach a crappy one for a BS check (mink bankie added for authenticity). ;)

    I got it last spring, which was about nine months earlier than I had planned (the van is paid off next month - woo hoo!). But one popped up on Roger's site that was EXACTLY what I wudda ordered, so I figured it was God's will. ;) Cost me $3400, but it's worth every penny. I wanted to move to a five, but I didn't want to waste money on something I'd eventually upgrade. In the long run, this is cheaper, IMO. And I was able to talk my wife into it, because it was about half of what a new tuba would cost. :)

    Roger shipped it USPS, and it got here just fine. IMO the case sucks @$$ though - it's got a plastic zipper instead of latches. If the zipper fails, I'm screwed. Plus, I've already busted three of the little feet thingies off of it pulling it out of my van. For that kind of cash, you'd think the case would be a little more solid. :mad:

    I just did an IPCOT, so assuming it goes through, I'll be here until '04, and won't have to worry about PCSing it. I'll probably just mail it to myself when the time comes though; I don't want anyone dropping it overboard like they did your Stingray. :eek:

    Let's see if this attachment works (note width of neck compared to the Carvin):
     
  10. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The same w/my 24 fret 5 string. Definitly the lightest, best sounding, best playing bass in my collection. I'd love to have a 24 fret 4 string, but Roger dosen't make it. :(
     
  11. Nino Brown writes
    Nino,

    Roger Sadowsky made a 24 fret 4 string for Aerosmith's Tom Hamiton. Check the pic of Tom on the Sadowsky website and you'll see it looks like the five string body with the twin EMJ J40 (or whatever) pickups mated to a 24 fret 4 string neck. http://www.sadowsky.com/images/tom_and_roger.jpg

    Where there's $, there's a way.
     
  12. Randy Payne

    Randy Payne

    Jan 1, 2001
    JimS:

    I only count 21 frets, but it's early in the morning, and I don't have my glasses on yet.....

    Randy
     
  13. I think you're right about the 21f in that photo. However, I'm 99.99% sure that Roger made a 24 fret 4 string bass for Tom Hamilton.
     
  14. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Actually Tom Hamilton has a white standard 4 string w/2 EMG 35J's (soapbars) & the controls laid out like a 24 fret 5 string (2+2 instead of 4 in-line). I almost begged for him to make a 24 fret 4, but he said no. :(
     
  15. KPO2000

    KPO2000 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2001
    MA
    Actually, I might be in the minority, but I wouldn't actually mind if the body of my Sadowsky Vintage 4 were a "bit" heavier (perhaps like the Ultra Vintage full size body) so that it balanced a little better with the neck when playing while sitting.

    To me, the balance has become acceptable over time, but when I first got it, it reminded me of my first (and last) Gibson SG.

    Don't get me wrong...I absolutely LOVE my Sadowsky--sherwood green with tortoise guard.
     
  16. KPO2000

    KPO2000 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2001
    MA
    Bryant at Sadowsky told me about that bass that Roger made for Tom H. Notice that it has no control knobs. TH apparently wanted everything always full-on or something and didn't think he needed them. I believe Bryant said there are trim pot controls in the cavity. Talk about "set and forget". Anyone know more about it?
     
  17. I apologize. I could have sworn he made a 24f 4 string for Tom but it appears not. I guess that .01% chance came through. Sorry.:oops:
     
  18. john turner

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

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    lots of folks wanna play sadowsky's basses. (and they should, those basses are excellently made and play awesomely).

    but who's bass does roger sadowsky want to play ? :D ;)

    [​IMG]
     
  19. Maybe Roger's grinning and thinking "Two too many strings." ;)
     
  20. john turner

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

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    probably :D