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What do you make of the route on my Sadowsky 5

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JSandbloom, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. JSandbloom

    JSandbloom Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2004
    Redding, Ca
    Grace Guitars USA
    I have this Sadowsky NYC PJ5 that I pulled the pickguard off and found this interesting route. What kindof pickup do you think was originally installed?

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  2. flojob

    flojob Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2011
    Is that from the factory?
  3. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton My P doesn’t have flats or tort Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    Looks like a MM style pup in the p position. Weird placement for an HS bass... or would it be an SH?
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  4. jag-atk


    May 5, 2010
    IMHO this kind of routing is ment to swap coil positions - i.e. you can move the DG coil neckward and the BEA coil bridgeward (think about spector or warwick streamer basses). of course you will need a new pickguard with that specific coil configuration. maybe you can even fit a j Pickup in there....
  5. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    Yep, it looks like it's to enable reversing the P pickup if you wanted to do that.
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  6. I'd say no to an MM because I've never seen one with 4 screw tabs. The reverse P option also gets nixed because the P in there now doesn't fit in any of those tabs. Also the upper left tab route is extra wide.

    So the correct answer is this bass doesn't make sense and therefore does not exist.
  7. xroads


    Nov 6, 2012
    Looks like a JJ to PJ conversion to me.
  8. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Why not just ask Roger?
  9. James Collins

    James Collins

    Mar 25, 2017
    Augusta, GA
    I don't understand why the bottom part of the route is stepped instead of straight either. Was this used?
  10. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    This looks to me like a case of "The build spec sheet says WHAT?!?!?"
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  11. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    Looks like multiple pick up options. Reverse P and J in two positions.
  12. flojob

    flojob Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2011
    Kind of looks like the pickups were just adjusted to fit maybe an aftermarket pickguard, so not flush with the route
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  13. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    This. I actually like it. It doesn't hurt anything and gives you options. I haven't popped the guard on my Hammersmith but @MarkoYYZ sent me some pics during final assembly. I think it had an MM in the P position at some point during it's journey to me (has a Nordstrand P in that position now). Either way, I love it like it is, but there's something cool about knowing that if my pickup tastes change I can simply have a guard made with no sawdust involved.

    But, yeah. That's a P/reverse P route.

    Last edited: Jan 2, 2018
  14. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    Not enough info.
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  15. bearhart74

    bearhart74 Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    I would find it hard to believe that this went out of sadowskys shop in that configuration
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  16. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    I dig it
  17. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Looking closely at the pic you can see screw holes where the P pickup was mounted the other way at some point.
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  18. James Collins

    James Collins

    Mar 25, 2017
    Augusta, GA
    That's fine, but then if the route is to allow reversing the split coil orientation, it would be too narrow to fit the same pickup. Imagine a pickup big enough to fill out the route for the P in the current orientation. If you slide the split coils over to the opposite configuration, they would no longer fit.

    To the OP:
    Is the top of the route also stair stepped? (neck side)
    Do the pole pieces not line up with the strings? Or is that just the angle of the photograph?
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  19. Lowendtech

    Lowendtech Happily trending in my own peculiar direction. Supporting Member

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  20. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    It was not sloppy, it simply allows for standard and reverse split pickup options.

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