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What strings do you use on your Sadowsky?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Ray-R, Dec 1, 2004.

  1. Hi

    I tried 3 sets of Sadowsky strings on my Metro MV5, including a set nicklewounds, and I didn't like them. The strings sounded harsh, and there were weird overtones happening. One of the sets had a dead E string, another set had a dead B string.
    So I switched to DR Hi Beams, and now the bass sounds and plays like a Sadowsky. The DR's also are less stiff and have a smoother feel.
    The only problem is that DR's don't have a tapercore B string, and I prefer a tapered core B-string. So what kind of strings do you use on your Sadowsky? What do you recommend?

  2. Sadowsky

    Sadowsky Commercial User

    Nov 1, 2000
    Owner: Sadowsky Guitars Ltd.
    I apologize if you received any dead or defective strings. I will always replace any bad strings with a phone call or an email.

    Roger Sadowsky
  3. Thanks, Roger. Sadowsky is well known for the great service.
    Still I would l like to hear some experiences from other Sadowsky players, because I prefer different strings on the bass.

  4. Lowfader


    Jul 11, 2004
    I play an MV4 ash/maple. I've been using Sadowsky Stainless. I don't like them when I put them on new,but i like the way they wear in after 2-3 weeks. I'm going to experiment with DR Highbeams(my main strings on my Spector) & the Sadowsky Nickels. I haven't had any issues with the Sadowsky Strings like you are mentioning but i do know you can get a bad string from anyone.
  5. JRBrown


    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    I've got DR Sunbeams on my NYC-4. I bought a set of Sadowsky Nickles to try out soon. I probably won't try steels on the Sadowsky as they may be too bright (maple/ash).

    Have you tried Smith taper cores? They are available in S-Steel and nickle.

    DR also makes Longneck (long tapered core) highbeams.

  6. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    I usually use DR's but I've been using the Sadowsky stainless strings lately. Both suit me fine

    Might wanna try Fodera Stainless also

  7. slugworth

    slugworth Banned

    Jun 12, 2003
    So. Calif.
    Sadowsky strings are made by R.Cocco, no?

  8. Yes, they are.
    Like all Cocco's, they sound very bright, and stay bright for a long time (wich can be a good thing, depending on the bass and the player) and (to me anyway) they also feel stiffer and less polished than other strings. I guess some players like it that way, and others like me, are more into the DR type string.
  9. The DR longneck B string has a very long tapered core indeed, they are made for through body stringing, so that won't work on a Sadowsky :meh:
    Haven't tried the Ken Smiths yet. Are they all tapered core, or just the B-string?

  10. Thanks Rob.
    Are they all tapered core, or just the B string? The Fodera website doesn't say anything about that..
    I think Fodera strings are hard to get in the Netherlands. Could order them I guess.
  11. Big String

    Big String Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2000
    Northwest Indiana
    I'm finding my Sadowsky nickels to be a bit bright also. I found them bright-ish on my PJ/4 then put Sad flats on it and like them very much so far. On my new MV4 they are even more bright which is to be expected since it's ash/maple. I'm waiting for them to calm down some before changing out. They do however play very nicely and have a good even feel and sound. I recommend them for you lovers of brightness and piano-like ring. I might try some Nickel Lo Riders or a set of Sunbeams which I used to use for years. I also like the the TI Powerbass (but I hate the 'girly' purple felt..gagging :p ) I also have a set of TI Alloys that I have not tried yet as well as some TI Jazz Flats. I'm kinda reluctant to open those as I'm not real wild about low tension... but you never know. I'm thinking a hex core type nickel will calm the MV4 down to my liking... we'll see.
  12. JRBrown


    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    All but the "G" are taper core.
  13. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    I might be the lone gunman on this. I always liked D'Addario XL strings on my Sadowskys. To my ears, the bass and the strings complement each other well and I've been pleased as punch with them for many years.
  14. BassFiddle63


    Oct 4, 2002
    I'd like to have $1.00 for every set of D'Addario XL Nickle 45-100's I've put on my old '78 Musicman Stingray over the years. I'd have enough money to buy 2 Sadowsky's :D
  15. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    If my math is right, let's say $18.00 a set and 6k for two Sadowskys - that's 333.33333333 sets ;) One wonders where you can buy a third of a set of strings, but I digress......

    In the perfect world, I'd take a '78 MM and a Sadowsky. :D
  16. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Sadowsky SBS45B.
  17. When can we expect those new Valenti strings? :p
  18. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
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  19. Great! That would work as a logo I guess ;)
  20. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    After two sets of Sadowsky Stainless 130-45 on my RV5 I just swapped out for a set of DR high beams 125-45.

    Sadowsky: taught, stiff, and solid feeling. These strings don't move around much, so you can set the action with zero relief, and it makes for a WACKY good slap feel. Just insane. The sound is "dry" and snappy, with big fundamentals and a nice warm edge. The B string is the best I've ever used. Solid, punch, and most of all in tune and focussed up and down the neck.

    DR: spongier, more flexible feel. I'm getting much more of a "jazz bass" growly fingerstyle sound with these. Warm, growly mids and a raw, agressive top end. Thats DR for ya. These need a bit more relief in the neck to ring cleanly, they simply move around more. I'm up to a barely visable gap at the 12th fret with these. I think they sound fantastic and have more of a vocal quality than the sadowskys, and they "burp" better. The B string is inferior to the sad especially above the 5th fret, where it gets more of the "ring" in the top end and less stable tuning that we all dislike on the B. It did intonate perfectly within the range of the bridge. Makes me want to try a taper wound DR .130 ... looks like they offer one ... the TR-130.

    Overall, its a toss up. I really like DRs, so they feel a bit more "like home", and I really like all that growly personality. I'll report back on them if my opinion changes after a few rehersals.