Where does the Sadowsky come from?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by blizzard, Mar 17, 2006.

Where does the Sadowsky tone come from?

Poll closed Mar 24, 2006.
  1. Pickups

    10 vote(s)
  2. Preamp

    15 vote(s)
  3. Wood/ Fit and finish

    2 vote(s)
  4. Combination of pups and pre

    24 vote(s)
  5. combination of pups/pre/wood and finish

    69 vote(s)
  6. other?

    21 vote(s)
  1. Where do you think the sadowsky tone comes from?

    mainly the pickups
    mainly the preamp
    mainly the wood/fit and finish
    Combination of pickups of all pickups and pre
    Combination of pickups, pre, and fit and finish
    other (explain)

    (if the mods could enter the word tone into the title I would appreciate it).
  2. lomer


    Mar 20, 2005
    Perth, Australia
    Roger Sadowsky.... :)

    lol in all seriousness I think it truely does come from a combination of premium woods, electronics and skilled craftsmanship.....
  3. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    Yea. Sum of all parts, not to mention some magic dust Roger has in a safe somewhere

  4. dharma

    dharma Srubby wubbly

    Oct 14, 2005
    Monroe, Louisiana
    Holy magic dust, Batman!
  5. JansenW


    Nov 14, 2005
    Cambridge, MA
    The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
  6. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
  7. Synergy in other words
  8. Blues Cat

    Blues Cat Supporting Member

    May 28, 2005
    Katy, Tx
    I got my jiffy pop on the stove.
  9. albass111

    albass111 Supporting Member

    Feb 13, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    attention to detail .... impeccable.
  10. HMZ

    HMZ Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2003
  11. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Ferndale MI.
    Artist: Xotic Basses/AccuGroove
    This thread is going to derail somehow. I can feel it.
    It's going to go the way of other Sadowsky threads disecting their basses.

    I'm gonna do this now:

    BTW, I voted "Combination of pickups, pre, and fit and finish"
  12. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I voted "other". I figured that the player has to factor in somewhere along with the above offered choices.
  13. the options of the poll are like "parts of the bass" or "the entire bass" when you think about it. and the entire bass most likly makes the tone of the bass.
  14. IotaNet

    IotaNet Supporting Member

    I am not a Sadowsky owner but being in the Bass business, I have done a tiny bit of homework about Roger.

    As I understand it, he built his reputation as a "First call" luthier/bass tech back in the 70's. His reputation for fixing, tweaking, repairing, and adjusting instruments became so legendary that among the NY studio cats, it became:

    * "Nobody fixes my axe but Roger"
    * "Roger -- If you start making basses, I'll buy one."

    He opened a shop and the rest is history.

    I say all that to say, You can give any of us a bag containing wood, electronics, paint, & wire and we would have varying degrees of success creating something useful.

    It's no different than playing. You can give any one of us a beat-to-hell, covered with epoxy and filler, frets ripped out, Fender Jazz bass but ...

    The key is in the experience/craftsmanship. (Dare I say "chops?)

    That's what Roger brings to the table and that's what makes a Sadowsky.
  15. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    I would say its the whole package. :bassist:
  17. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Pickups, preamp, neck reinforcement.
  18. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Ferndale MI.
    Artist: Xotic Basses/AccuGroove

    What about the time before they added the reinforcment?? It's only been in there for like 4 or 5 years. (Nino?? Help if I'm wrong with my time line)
  19. Lowtonejoe

    Lowtonejoe Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Richland, WA



  20. Aside from the fact that he was a top luthier in NYC -- most of the cats I have heard with a Sadowsky are really good players and setup the bass well themselves. I don't know anyone here personally but I imagine someone who spends that kind of money must already play well and have a good sound already, no? That's my experience when I lived in NYC and the boros.