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 on: September 25, 2014, 12:25:13 PM 
Started by Topkat - Last post by Topkat
 Gang, I am gonna' come clean up front and admit that when it bass guitars I am a little biased.  Same thing is happening with strings.  I am always trying other brands in an effort to....hmmm...well...I really don't know.  Anyway, just slapped a new set of Dunlop Super Bright med nickel's (.045-.105) on my VJ4.  It resisted...I guess it was able to smell the difference in the strings...I had to restrain it using a mild sedative and fur lined velcro straps.  Once installed it took me so long to get the intonation even close.  Also, the saddles are now more or less in line vs. the graduated angle you see on 99.9% of the Grand Ro's basses...oh the sleepless nights!  I know he doesn't make his own strings but I would guess he has a very tight manufacturing spec with who ever he uses.  I have owned and played a lot of his strings and they are always easy to dial right in.  Please understand this is just my opinion but it really should be yours too.  Anybody need a set of slight used Dunlop Super Bright's?

Tim Craig
Franklin, TN USA 

P.S., Whaz up Fran D.!!!

 on: August 22, 2014, 09:30:21 AM 
Started by bassface - Last post by clamarb
I only use lithium  batteries in my bass and all other gear. I've had the same lithium 9v duracell in my bass for about 1 1/2 years. I measured it recently, just below 9 v. Lithiums cost quite a bit more than regular alkaline, but last 4 to 5 times longer. and starting voltage on a lithium 9v is about 9.4 volts. I also use lithium AA in my wireless Line6. On the street , the 9v can cost around $10 each (usually find them in Home Depot or Lowes as Fire-alarm batteries). But I buy them in quantity off of ebay  12 or more in pack, you can get them as low as $4.50 each with6 or 7 years shelf life remaining.  Everyready advanced Lithiums are my first choice for my gear, when I can get then cheap.
And I might add....I've played over 70 gigs so far this year with that same battery.

 on: August 11, 2014, 01:04:00 PM 
Started by rmayer - Last post by Sadowsky
The amp is 200 watts!!!

 on: August 09, 2014, 01:53:36 PM 
Started by rmayer - Last post by rmayer
A Sadowsky SA200 Amp and 4X10 cabinet is currently on Ebay. The amp is listed at 800 watts rms @ 8 ohms. I know it started at 200 watts @ 8 ohms. Does the 800 sound right? I thought with the ohms switch the wattage remained constant.

 on: July 29, 2014, 02:26:57 AM 
Started by bassconbeatz - Last post by bassconbeatz
I just picked up a beautiful NYC Modern 5 s/n 5447. While replacing the battery, I noticed that the control cavity is complete shielded with copper foil. My previous NYC s/n 5107 had only the shield paint. When did the NYC's added foil shielding?


 on: July 27, 2014, 04:47:22 PM 
Started by brianbalowski - Last post by Sadowsky
Unfortunately, due to lots of new environmental restrictions on metal plating, plating is not as good or durable as it used to be.   We had a really bad time with nickel plating the last few years so we have switched to chrome, which is much more durable.   I can sell you a set of chrome covers but you will have to take your guitar to a tech to have them installed.

Otherwise, any hardware store metal polish is fine.


 on: July 18, 2014, 04:04:32 PM 
Started by brianbalowski - Last post by brianbalowski

I have a Sadowsky semi hollow. My problem is that I live in a wet area and the metallic parts ( including the pickups ) are a little bit rusty.

Can anyone tell me a good product to clean them up?...and How to do it properly?


 on: July 02, 2014, 09:45:50 AM 
Started by GreyBass73 - Last post by GreyBass73
Hey, tnk you very much. Maybe you are the famous Maurilio Mina, Smiley thank you very much for the replay, you are always kind, we have talked months ago by mail about some pickup, as usually, ahaha. Yes, someone told me that Roger has used Bartolinis in those years, but obviously i'm not sure about it, i can say that the sound is so sweet and fantastic for slap and pop and when i solo neck or bridge pick up i do not ear any hum noise. That's all i know. I would really like to know something more about it. About the strings the bass have on the Ernie Ball purple cover, very very soft, and not so much character, that's good but even not so good for B string which need a little bit more tension. I'll try the Sadowsky Black if have more tension. Cheers from Italy. Smiley

 on: July 01, 2014, 11:23:14 AM 
Started by GreyBass73 - Last post by Maurilio
Ciao Roberto,
piacere di conoscerti e benvenuto nel mondo di Sadowsky!
Lets keep this "international"  :-)
The bass is indeed gorgeous!

Roger has used Bartolinis and EMGs in the beginnings, but than moved to DiMarzio for his Humcan J pups, both 4 and 5 strings!
Nowadays Roger uses Nordstrand too… I know the DM HC have gone through some tweaks through the years, but I'm not sure of the timeline.
I would contact Roger directly and see what he has to say about it!
Strings also matter a lot, on my Sadowsky I use SS blacks (I've experimented with several different strings, but TO ME the blacks are IT)


(BTW, your english is good) 

 on: June 30, 2014, 06:17:20 AM 
Started by GreyBass73 - Last post by GreyBass73
Hi everybody i'm Roberto a bass player from Italy and i would like to share my happiness about my first Sadowsky. After 20 years of bass playing, concerts, lessons, kilometers along the Tuscany and the whole middle Italy countries i've finally decided to buy my DREAM BASS, a very nice Sadowsky NYC 5 string produced on 1996. It is a used instrument and kept in a very nice condition after all these years. A wonderful bass, swamp ash body, quilted maple top, maple fingerboard and neck. The previous owner has updated this baby with the VTC so now is really full optional Smiley. Very light body, this swamp ash is very very light, the whole is really balanced as the strings output, the sound is so pure and clear, every note ring has they must ring, long and clear. I own 12 basses, from Fender JB 77, to Precision Fullerton, G&L, Steinberger MMan and on and on, but when u wear a Sadowsky, you cannot believe to what you are feeling. Of course is not a bass good for all season IMO, but i can cover many kind of music i'm playing with the bands and artists. I usually add few bass and treble to the flat tone because i like the organic wood sound without adding extra frequencies. One thing i have to say; the sound is so so sweet and soft even if fucused and it cut really through the mix, but I've thought that the sound could be more aggressive and with more string attack due to the ash body, maybe is due to the kind of pickups used in the 90's, would be nice to know if someone really know about the pickup producer at that era and which is the difference between the actual pickup used, along the years has been used different pickups as i know. Anyway is a wonderful instrument and i hope to buy another Sadowsky soon, maybe a Modern 5-24 with ebony fingerboard! Cheers everybody and hope u like my new baby!! Smiley I wanna say thank you to Roger for the love he bring on his work…every day!! PS: Sorry for my bad english Smiley


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