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What does a Sadowsky 24-fret 5-string sound like?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Oysterman, Jul 24, 2002.


  1. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    What the title says. I've got GAS for one that I found used at a good price (yes, in Sweden, imagine that!), but I have no idea what they sound like. Any recordings where I can hear one? My TV sucks so I can't hear the bass very well on Letterman. ;)
     
  2. PICK

    PICK

    Jan 27, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    I tried one once!!!

    One word















    AWESOME
     
  3. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    That may very well be, but I was looking for something more... descriptive.
     
  4. PICK

    PICK

    Jan 27, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Ok.
    It had a very nice B string. The lows were ultra tight i think this is due to the pre amp which IMO is one of the best on the market. The bass was well made. Tight neck joint. The one i tried had EMG's iirc and this is the only bass i have ever liked EMG's on. The bass had a flawless finish and a very nice maple fretboard. Frets were perfect as was the price tag.
     
  5. oddentity

    oddentity

    Nov 20, 2000
    Philly
    You could check out mp3s of Nino Brown's band, Theorem, on the Talkbass MP3 Station. He uses his Sadowsky w/ EMGs on some (or all?) of the songs.
     
  6. I believe the Sadowsky is used on the top 3 songs on their mp3.com page if I'm not mistaken. Nino should be along to set that straight, though. :D
     
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Yes, I used my 24 fret 5 string on my bands new demo :) & yes it's on MP3.com. :) It's the 1st 4 songs with this picture in front of them:

    <img src="http://images.mp3.com/mp3s/82/resources/729/173/files/7291730.jpg">

    Man, you guys know more about me that I do. :D :p
     
  8. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    I only heard a very trebly pick attack with some twang to it, Nino. Not easy to pick out nuances in a bass's tone with roaring guitars and drums in front of it. On PC speakers, no less.

    I guess I have to go play it myself, it's a 200+ km drive, but I tell ya, the price is set at a comfortable level so I really must see it! I guess the market for Sadowskies (or any other expensive non-Warwick or non-Fender bass) isn't all that good around here. I'm not terribly unhappy with the fact, I have to say! ;)
     
  9. oddentity

    oddentity

    Nov 20, 2000
    Philly
    You're a lucky man! :D
     
  10. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    Aiming in a Paul D'Amour direction there? :) Sounds kinda like a Ric with EMGs maybe :eek:
     
  11. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    2 songs were with a pick & 2 were with my fingers. Your best bet (if you can) is burn the songs on to a CD & listed on a better stereo. :)

    Even thou I like a bright sound, all the "bass" is lost when listening on compouter speakers.
     
  12. Unless you've got good computer speakers, of course. :D I use my computer as my "hifi" system as well since I've got a pretty decent setup going on here. I do like the tone in your songs, Nino, and I'm still trying to decide if a Sadowsky is in my future.
     
  13. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    So I paid the seller a visit and checked it out. It was a '92 or '93 with EMG soaps. No fancy quilt top, just plain swamp ash with cherryburst finish. It played like a dream, completely effortlessly. The neck felt like it melted right into the palm of my hand. I thought my Cirrus was a breeze to play but this played even better!

    All well so far, but when I played it through a Fafner and EBS 8x10" :)D), I just didn't like what I hear that much. I had promised myself not to buy it if it wasn't a magical experience. The $1800 he asked, however cheap for a Sadowsky in this corner of the world, is a lot of money to me right now. And no, there was no magic. It sounded very balanced - the highest note on the G string shone with the same integrity and carried the same punch as the open low B. Amazing. It sustained forever and felt incredibly solid. But it didn't have "my sound", so I left it for others to grab.

    I was very impressed with the build quality and its even tone, but all in all a 24-fret 5-string isn't my cup of tea. A Sadowsky Vintage 5-string does seem very tempting, though... at least I can dream, eh?