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1  General Category / Sadowsky Forum / Storm Sandy on: October 30, 2012, 06:17:46 AM
Just a quick message to wish Roger & Co all the best - hopefully you and your families are all safe and sound in what must be a difficult time.

The weather in the UK is generally less extreme so watching it on the the news is as close as I want to get right now, but it looks pretty scary nonetheless.
2  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Back of the neck finish on: October 22, 2011, 07:34:44 AM
I'm in the same boat as Fran here I think - I'd love to do this, and since asking Roger about it some time ago I have had the Tru Oil sat here unopened ever since.

I've been pretty bad with buying and selling instruments the last couple of years but I've come to realise that my Sadowsky is very special and I know without doubt I'd regret ever selling it. So if it's here to stay I guess it can be tweaked a little eh Smiley

The thing is, my neck finish seems to have stopped bothering me and hasn't turned sticky for a long while now so although I'd love the feel of a worn neck like my previous Fender CS Pino (best finish I've felt) I'm still somewhat scared to have a go at this...
3  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Intonation on: October 21, 2011, 11:29:14 AM
Please bear with me for a non-technical observation:

Another thing I found that I needed to consider (mainly observed from using drop tuners) is that a little bit of the string tension applied when raising the pitch of a string can get "trapped" between the tuner post and the nut...as this tension eventually "leaks" past the nut to the string it can put the tuning out slightly.

This is worse the higher the break angle over the nut, so if you have left a lot of string wound onto the post to maximise the pressure over the nut it may be slightly more prevalent. Personally I try to leave a good 2.5 turns on the post but I know people often leave a lot more, especially on the A string to stop any buzzing past the nut.
4  General Category / Sadowsky Forum / Re: Dealers in the UK on: November 27, 2010, 07:32:57 AM
I can think of 2 that come to mind straight away:

http://www.guitarguitar.co.uk/

http://www.thebassgallery.com/
5  General Category / Sadowsky Forum / Re: Customer service problems? on: September 13, 2010, 02:29:51 PM
Also, Roger is "out of the shop" until the 14th. I know he normally makes a lot of effort to respond quickly but the best approach is to pick up the phone and call, someone will always be willing to help.
6  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Back of the neck finish on: August 19, 2010, 03:16:16 PM
I would not do anything to discourage you from sanding the finish off the playing area on the neck and applying a good oil.  The best is a gunstock oil called Tru-Oil.  Not sure if you can get it in the UK.

Roger
Thanks for confirming my options Roger. I've managed to order some Tru-Oil over here fairly easily. I think I'll keep using the 320 grit as required and if it gets down to the wood I'll apply the oil. It's given me a warm feeling to have a contingency plan  Smiley
7  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: 500K Volume Pot on: August 19, 2010, 10:28:37 AM
I've done the swap and have A/B'd basses with both pots.  While I agree the 500K change is an improvement, I don't believe it's a big enough deal to recommend everyone with the older 250K pots rush out and pay a tech to swap out for the 500K.  Roger may step in on this one, but IMHO there are two important differences between the HC and the SC pickups.  One is a little more going on in the "low treble" (or high midrange to some people).  The other is more of a low-mid or mid-mid focus and punch.  IMHO, the 500K pot changes makes the high end profile of the HC to be a bit more like the SC, but does nothing to change the stuff going on a bit lower.

So the bottom line is, it's a nice improvement to the high end profile, but I'd never tell anyone that it gets them very close to the same sound as swapping HC pickups for SC.  Don't get me wrong, I love the HC pickups, but if you really want that great SC sound, there's only one way to get it.
I've just recently removed the 250k pot from my 2004 NYC UV PJ4 and installed the 500k - all I can say is it still sounds great! the differences seem to be subtle enough that you would need to compare side by side to detect the differences. I guess I would have to have made good quality sound clips to compare before and after to stand any chance of hearing the changes it may have made. I'm still happy to have "updated" it though, so no harm done:)
8  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Back of the neck finish on: August 19, 2010, 10:24:35 AM
I am also wondering how many times it's safe to perform this before you take the nitro off completely.

I've tried rubbing my neck down lightly with 0000 grade steel wool first, which made a small improvement.
I then used 320 stearated paper as per Rogers suggestion. This made a real difference and really cut through the gloss, leaving the neck with a really satin feeling to the finish.

But it's starting to feel a little sticky again already. It's a little like bits of sticky gunk start to ball up under my thumb in certain areas, I can actually rub them together and then rub them off - so I'm considering doing it again but if I continue at this rate I imagine it will be down to the bare wood pretty quickly. Maybe I should just take it down to the wood and use an oil to protect the back of the neck?
9  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: NECK PROFILE QUESTION on: August 11, 2010, 10:43:31 AM
I guess for some people who might swap back and forth between a skinny jazz and a wide P neck this causes some hindrance in playing ability.

For me fingerboard radius is much more of an issue in comfortable playing. I really don't like the almost flat feel of a 12" radius board, but I love the rounded feel of the vintage 9" boards.

hey pal, you already gave a name to your PJ4...I guess your keeping 'him' for some time  Grin
Hey Fran - well it certainly seems that way, its strung with some Sadowsky flats now and I'm becoming very attached to it. To be honest it's such a nice weight and so well balanced that my other 2 basses don't feel so great anymore. The Pino still gives me that really vintage sort of tone but in general that can be a bit muddy live, whereas the Sadowsky just seems to sound "there". Got another gig Friday so I will be taking it out to play again Smiley
10  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: NECK PROFILE QUESTION on: August 11, 2010, 04:02:30 AM
I guess for some people who might swap back and forth between a skinny jazz and a wide P neck this causes some hindrance in playing ability.

For me fingerboard radius is much more of an issue in comfortable playing. I really don't like the almost flat feel of a 12" radius board, but I love the rounded feel of the vintage 9" boards.
11  General Category / Sadowsky Forum / Re: Gig pics of your Sadowsky on: July 19, 2010, 09:52:33 AM
Guess I'll just order a set now and find out then Smiley
12  General Category / Sadowsky Forum / Re: Gig pics of your Sadowsky on: July 19, 2010, 09:46:54 AM
Thats interesting - mine arrived strung with what I presume are Blue Sadowsky rounds and thats all I know about them. I've tried DR Hi-Beams & DDT's on it and then settled on TI jazz flats which I have always liked very much. Yesterday I put the Sadowsky strings back on and although I like them I'm now curious about the black label flats that you are using on yours. Any comparison to Pyramids/Chromes?

Sorry to derail the thread - I'd add another gig pic but it seems nobody has posted any of our recent gig yet Sad
13  General Category / Sadowsky Forum / Re: Gig pics of your Sadowsky on: July 19, 2010, 02:52:51 AM
Very nice shots Fran - btw, what sort of strings are you using there. Are they Sadowsky flats?
14  General Category / Sadowsky Forum / Re: Gig pics of your Sadowsky on: July 08, 2010, 02:27:05 PM
First things first...

Hi! I'm not new to Sadowskys - but I am new here. I decided that my recently acquired NYC needed an outing so I took it to our biggest outdoor gig so far. I think the word I will use to describe it is "authoritative". Had a great time all round and am looking forwards to gigging it again this Saturday in a very small and sweaty venue.
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