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USA Lakland Glaub P/J or Sadowsky NYC P/J

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 57pbass, Dec 6, 2005.

  1. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    I used search feature and found some interesting info but I am trying to justify spending approximately an extra grand on a Sadoswky NYC PJ vs a USA Lakland Glaub PJ. :confused:

    Quality is not an issue.

    I can use the Sadowsky off board pre ( or any other brand )when needed if I go with the Glaub..

    1000 dollars is a big chunk of money for us...

    What would be the deal breaker for you ???
  2. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    there is no justification. you get what you can afford, and if what you can afford suits you, then stick with it.

    its kinda like would you spend on nice little Altima, or do you splurge on a M.Benz? if you got the money, go for what you want! if not, then get what you need. :)
  3. fclefgeoff

    fclefgeoff Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    I think what jokerjkny is trying to say is you can't always get what you want but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need.
  4. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    That is real funny!!!

    There is a nice Glaub on the bay right now. http://cgi.ebay.com/Lakland-USA-Bob...oryZ4713QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    But then only other thing I wanted to say that this is one of the rare cases where putting in the extra 1000 up front might actually yield a 1000 on top in the value range. Sadowskys at least for now are holding their value really nicely.

    But that could be a trend, I have no idea how to gauge those things. All I know is that Sad P/Js go for a lot these days, and they sell pretty damn quick!
  5. kjones


    Dec 4, 2004
    Having had a Lakland USA Glaub, and currently owning a Sadowsky PJ, I can tell you these basses have (tonally) little to do with each other. Understand first that both are extremely well made and feel great. What my Glaub sounded like is the best vintage P you've ever heard. The Sadowsky is a Sadowsky, and to my ear, has a completely different vibe.

    Altho my Sad get get close to a P sound (VTC rolled off a decent amount, selector to the P pickup about 75%), there is a difference, and the Sadowsky is just a more modern sounding bass.

    Let me put it this way: I sold my Glaub because my Sad could do everything the Lakland could and more for my purposes. If, on the other hand, there's money or other constraints, you will not lose any sleep by owning the superb bass which is a Lakland Glaub.
  6. KYJazzy


    Nov 10, 2004
    Lexington, KY
    I'll throw in .02....

    Get the Glaub. I've had the one time pleasure of playing a USA Glaub and it is nothing short of amazing. You're right - quality isn't an issue, because you'd be more than happy with either. I've never played a sadowsky, but that's $1000! I mean, when I think about what you can buy with 1000, it more than makes up for the difference.

    If you want the possibly the greatest true natured P (or PJ) ever, get the Bob Glaub. If you want a sadowsky, get that. But 1000 bucks man. That's a lot of dough.
  7. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    I dont agree with this analogy.. Maybe a BMW vs a Benz :D

    I am thinking along the lines of ...

    If the Lakland Glaub sounds like a great vintage P and the Sadowsky does not...
    and I can add an outboard pre to the Lakland..which should sound amazing...
    then I would actually get more bang for the 1k less if I went with the Lakland?

    Does this make sense? Please help me :help: :help:
  8. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    Biggest differences:

    Fretwire: Lakland uses vintage frets, sadowsky uses some kind of medium jumbo.

    Pickups: Fralins sound very "vintage", if roger's P is anything like the humcancelling Js, it'll be a more modern sound. Of course, Sadowsky and Fralin both sell pickups, so for a couple hundy you can take that difference out of the equation.

    Electronics: Active/Passive.

    Bridge: I don't like the bridge Sadowsky uses, I do like the lakland bridge very much. Its just a nit, probably doesn't matter to anyone else.

    Mojo: each has their own. Any way you can try them out?

    I've had a Lakland USA Glaub (just a P, not PJ) for less that 24 hours, so its too soon to say much. I can say it is impeccably built, feels great, and weights 8.5 lbs. The woods are great. The fret ends are rounded in 2 dimensions. It seems like the softened the edge of the fretboard with a piece of sandpaper and rounded the frets?! I've never seen anything like it and it feels amazing (or rather, you can't really feel the frets at all!). So far so good, feels like a bass that will get better with some playing time on it.
  9. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    RESALE VALUE......
  10. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    Have played both basses.
    If you want a vintage style P-bass the Lakland is it.
    Played the lakland side by side, with my 66-fender-P.
    Other than age, the Lakland comes very close.
    Both basses are made great, and play great.
    The Sadowski just has a more mod. sound.
    The Sadowski is a great all around bass.
    Good for any gig.
    If you want old school go Glaub.
    A Sadowski, is well a Sadowski. If I had only one bass?
    The Sadowski PJ, would fit the bill.
    But the Sadowski is around $1000.00 more?
    Buy both?
  11. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    I dunno, somebody around here wanted 2100 for a USA glaub used (but it had a PJ), that ebay auction has a buy it now of 1800+ ... and I got mine for ~2000 new.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    Keep your eyes peeled for used Sadowsky NYC's with a PJ, combo you could find a good deal out their. :bassist:
  13. Senor SQUID

    Senor SQUID Guest

    Jan 11, 2004
    Quality is not an issue.

    I can use the Sadowsky off board pre ( or any other brand )when needed if I go with the Glaub..

    1000 dollars is a big chunk of money for us...

    What would be the deal breaker for you ???[/QUOTE]

    I have owned 3 Sadowsky's and Loved them. There is no doubt in my mind that they are one of the best basses made. However I currently own 2 Laklands and prefer the feel of the necks and the overall look (Bigger Body) to the Sadowsky's. I also run 2/3's of my basses through a Sadowsky off board preamp and I get the same tone live. I feel the versatility is there also because you can play the Lakland by itself for a nice growly or warm vintage tone or plug in the sadowsky preamp to get that sweet trebly bite and grind. In my opinion that IS the Best of Both Worlds. Just my nickle bro! ;)
  14. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    I am waiting for 5bassman to sell me his.... :) :)

    ( I know ..it will be a very very very long wait )