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1  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: LED Fret Marker lights on: June 06, 2012, 06:06:53 AM
Hi Gerard. I recently took delivery of a couple of LED equipped basses, including a long awaited Sad. Maybe I can help by sharing my opinions. I have an Alembic with side markers, and I would advise getting the softest LED lense you can for a side fitting. If they're too bright the contrast with a dim stage environment can be troublesome. As for the face markers, my Sad gets called the light sabre! So bright, but it doesn't trouble me at all. If I bought another it'd just be on the face.
Yes, Sims did an absolutely flawless job. I know there are other companies who do amazing work too. Retrofits can be done, and without undue difficulty. I'm sure if the bass is new and made with the LEDs in mind it would be easier, but I guess it all comes down to the dollars you want to spend. To me it just seems like a great excuse to buy another Sad. If they are installed in an existing build I guess the board would have to be removed, although an email to the guys at Sims wouldn't go astray in answering your questions. Hope this helps some!
2  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: DI for recording bass on: March 30, 2012, 05:51:51 AM
ok, I know this is an old post, I kinda forgot about it, but I want to wrap it up. Since I started this thread I've worked with a bunch of different sound engineers in all sorts of studios and live scenarios. I actually spend more time working as an engineer than a muso these days. I've played with evil twins, u5's, radials, all sorts of pres and a few other toys besides. On top of that I have also expanded from only Sadowskys to owning a couple of Alembics too (although I do have another Sad on the way XD ). So, the winner is..... the Reddi. The evil twin is a great unit, but wasn't quite what I was after. Radial makes great stuff, but is a bit plain. I also found the U5 a bit plain. Different pres of course give a different kinda feel, but none quite did it. Saying that, I use a fender TBP1 live. But in the studio (and live, if I'm feeling adventurous) the reddi just does it for me. Easy, quick, amazing, on all sorts of sources. Just a great swiss army knife. So, sorry for leaving this hanging, but there's my 2 cents. Hope it helps someone.

- Rhys
3  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Sadowsky Preamp/DI Pedal direct into a power amp on: March 02, 2011, 05:10:53 PM
sorry for the immensely late review. I totally agree with Chasarms. I mainly use a POD for live, but in rehearsals when not using my Sads I use the Sadowsky pre pedal straight into a FOH powered speaker. Or at gigs when I only need simple sounds the pre pedal works great. I doubt I would use it in a studio, but I know it's not designed for that. Again - in agreement with Chasarms, I would love to see a rackmounted, beefed up version. Something on the lines of the Sansamp. But the pedal as it is, I find very usable, very simple, extremely well made and it carries a good reputation.
4  General Category / Sadowsky Forum / Re: Merry Christmas to our Sadowsky Family!! on: December 21, 2010, 10:26:51 PM
+1! A huge thanks to all for sharing knowledge and experience to make us all better at our craft, and of course thanks to those that make it all possible. Merry Christmas to all. Take care over the holidays, and may 2011 be a fantastic year for everyone!

Peace
- Rhys
5  General Category / Sadowsky Forum / Re: Steal the chops of one guitar and/or bass player. Who do you choose? on: December 11, 2010, 07:30:51 PM
just watching an old Satriani DVD. I know it's cliche, but he's great, and Stu Hamm holds his own on that stage, both with playing and energy, so they're my choices. Even though I play a very different style to Stu Hamm, I've always greatly admired his playing.

Peace
- Rhys
6  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: your favorite 15" cabs on: December 06, 2010, 07:14:38 PM
well, I got around to trying the HyDrive cabs. I bought them. I was thinking of running two 15 cabs, but I've stuck with the 410 and 115 combo. I think they have great definition, attack that really does the Sadowskys justice and a surprising versatility given the hybrid cone. Both are horn loaded, but that can be attenuated or switched off. The 410 has great low end response, and the 15 is earth-moving. That sucker is LOW!!! I know there's a great big endorsement cheque in it for Mr. Wooten, but I can see why he uses them. (funnily I didn't like the LH1000 he uses, I found it underpowered, my 400watt head kicks its ass)

Peace
- Rhys

P.S. - I would very happily use two 15's, they are superb cabs, but the 410 give it a little extra something, and I needed to bring impedance to 4 ohm
7  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Sadowsky NYC Wood Top Sample on: November 26, 2010, 02:03:54 AM
what an amazing selection of pictures! You'd be proud to own any one of them. In fact, I am. The 2nd spalted maple is my #5668. Great to see such a sample all in one place. Bound to inspire a few custom orders...
8  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Sadowsky Preamp/DI Pedal direct into a power amp on: November 25, 2010, 09:36:10 PM
finally got my hands on one, but I'm swamped with work and have to fly out to NZ asap, so will post a review when I get back and have time to play with it. Sorry for the delay Roger.

- Rhys
9  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: your favorite 15" cabs on: November 22, 2010, 10:01:15 PM
does anyone know anything about the Hartke HyDrive cabs? I've had a few people say really good things about them. Victor Wooten uses them, so they can't be terrible, but I'm not the sort of person who gives credit to hardware just cos someone famous uses it. Any info would be good...

- Rhys
10  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Pickups on: November 21, 2010, 03:36:02 AM
I dunno mate, yours are pretty fine indeed. Especially #4480, kinda reminds me of my #5685 a bit. Very nice. As you can guess, I'm a new addition to the Sadowsky club, and stoked about it too!
11  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Pickups on: November 21, 2010, 03:00:40 AM
Glad you found it helpful. I'm away from home atm, but you can always type Sadwowsky #5668/#5685 into google images...
12  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Pickups on: November 21, 2010, 12:15:54 AM
I have two NYC 24F5. The first is swamp ash body, birdseye maple fretboard, maple neck and Sadowsky soapbars. I run a preamp with a little overdrive to grit it up a bit. I like heaps of bottom end plus good mids to give definition, and growl. I add a little bass on my eq, but not much. I find the natural sound is very complete. Good natural midrange and awesome sustain. It's the perfect bass/pickup combo for what I want. Can also use the VTC to give an old-school funk/blues kinda sound.
My other Sad also has the soapbars, but has a roasted maple neck, madagascan rosewood fretboard, swamp ash body and flame spalted maple top. It's brighter than my other one, and find I have to roll off the VTC a bit more. It also doesn't have quite the sustain, but has a ton of mids. For a 'modern' sound the soapbars are ideal, but they're versatile enough to cover a good range of sounds.
My regular bands are both single guitar, so having a good natural presence through a large frequency range is essential to bulk out the sound. What can I say but, I love my Sads. They do it so well...
Hope this helps

- Rhys
13  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: your favorite 15" cabs on: November 19, 2010, 04:16:36 PM
looks like we might be listening for a while Mr. Diaz! Doesn't seem as though the 15's are as popular as they used to be...
14  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: New Pickups? on: November 15, 2010, 11:26:17 PM
are the new ones the same dimensions as Nordstrand big singles?
15  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / your favorite 15" cabs on: November 15, 2010, 05:44:46 PM
Hey bass freaks! I'm interested in which 15" cab is your favorite, why, is it horn/CD loaded, do you use it with other cabs, and what sort of sound do you go for?
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