Who owns a Sadowsky Singlecut?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Jun 24, 2020.

  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis

    I am becoming a singlecut fan although I have no interest in buying one. I know the Adamovic singlecut I played last Sunday is spectacular. I just wonder how people feel about Roger Sadowsky’s take on the concept. I know Chip Shearin helped to design it.
  2. Never owned or played one before, but I think this one looks beautiful. Actually, most Singlecut basses do not appeal to me with a few exceptions: this Sadowsky design, Jens Ritter's R8, Aquilina GT-350/500, Benavente SCD, Stradi Symphony, and the classic Framus Starbass.
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  3. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
    oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh!!! :drool:
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  4. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Here are some videos:

  5. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    My first bass was a single cut, a Framus Star bass. I don't see anything wrong with these as a design, but I'm not a fan of the shark fin types. I can't see me moving away from my Fender styles but I'd love a Rob Allen Deep 5.
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  6. TrevorG

    TrevorG Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2012
    Had a real thing about single cuts up till a few years ago. Mattison are another desirable option but at one point the Sadowsky was top of my list though I still haven't seen one in the flesh. I think it's beautiful and with so many practical advantages. Bit surprised they don't have matching headstocks.
  7. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Central Ohio
    IIRC. Anthony Jackson championed the design working with Vinnie Fodera, in an effort to make the B string speak more clearly.

    Since that effort, there has been much progress, such that many traditional double cutaway designs have great B strings.

    That said, the design still makes sense; and the appearance of Roger’s specific single cut design is by far my favorite, from a cosmetic perspective. Still VERY Jazz Bass. This particular instrument looks to have a LOT of Roger’s personal view of all things bass in it. VERY elegant. They are pricey, though.....
  8. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Central Ohio
    Thanks for the links. Both player and instrument in this last video are particularly impressive. Bravo.
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  9. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    This video was long enough to really give an idea of how the bass sounds. The Sadowsky singlecut sounded like a nice active five string Jazz. It’s beautiful bass, but it does not offer anything I don’t have already.
  10. MMiller28

    MMiller28 Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2003
    That control plate and clear pickguard destroy the look for me. The body shape is very nice.
  11. luciens


    Feb 9, 2020
    Course, all of em give me all kinds of GAS, but.... :)

    My concern would only be the balance - that's a lot of extra wood and therefore weight which would surely move the CG of the bass towards the headstock. So I'm curious how to balance is, especially resting on the leg?

    I can't tell from any of the videos, though it looks like all the players are (subconsciously?) holding the instrument in place with their plucking forearms. I'd be interested in seeing them put on the leg in playing position and then letting go....

  12. rmayer

    rmayer Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2008
    Boynton Beach, FL
    Love the look in a quilted or flame top. Sounds great with the double Jazz pickup too. If Roger ever makes one in a 4 string, I'm in big trouble.
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2020
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  13. skyline_01

    skyline_01 Endorsing artist: Nordstrand Audio, Tsunami Cables Supporting Member

    Nov 14, 2006
    Lebanon, OH
    Definitely digging the looks of the Sadowsky single cut. I'll never have the $ to own one (and don't really NEED it), so I'll just have to "settle" for this newly-acquired single cut beauty:

  14. TrevorR


    Oct 3, 2015
    Near London, UK
    That’s the only second modern single cut whose shape I think looks really nice, balanced and aesthetically pleasing. Strangely enough, the other one was the Adamovich the bassist in my nephew’s band plays.
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  15. bongostealth

    bongostealth Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    I would like to see Fender make a single-cut jazz... :bag::ninja::wacky:

    But on a serious note, those dual humbucker single-cut Sadowskys sound amazing!
  16. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, aelurophile, ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀ Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    Hey there, I'm a guy who took 20 years off and came back a few years ago to see these single cuts. Assumed it was for "sustain" or "tone" i.e. the old saws about mass and tonewood, yada yada yada. But... that's all B.S. right? So what's the purpose of a single cutaway in an era where everybody's obsessed about weight? If it's strictly looks, eh, I'll stick with trad Fender shapes. :thumbsup:
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  17. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    :thumbsup::thumbsup: I really like Roger's Single-cut (the modern pickguard-less version in particular).

    I tried my hand at designing one about fifteen years ago, but it's not nearly as nice... :)
  18. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    :woot: If he ever makes a 4-string SHORT-SCALE version, then I am in trouble too!! :eek:
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  19. Obese Chess

    Obese Chess Spicy Big Dad Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2005
    Portland, OR
    As others in here have said, I don't particularly like singlecut basses, but that one is very elegant.
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  20. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    No Doc my Sadowsky is double cut but I have this one upload_2020-6-25_16-57-31.png and to me, that's enough...
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