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What We Build

"It all boils down to good materials, good workmanship, thoughtful design, and the ability to really listen to your clients." —Roger Sadowsky

Since 1979, Roger Sadowsky has worked with legendary musicians like Will Lee, Marcus Miller, Verdine White, Walter Becker, Jim Hall, and Chuck Loeb to create instruments that are timeless and cutting edge, with the legendary Sadowsky sound that is immediately recognizable both live and on recording.

Located just ten minutes from Manhattan by subway, our shop builds basses, guitars, archtops, and electric nylon string guitars. You can order custom instruments direct from the shop or find stock instruments for sale on our website, in our showroom, and at select dealers worldwide. We love our work and can't wait to build you the instrument of your dreams.


Who We Are

Roger Sadowsky is one of the most highly respected instrument makers in the world. He gained early acclaim for outstanding repair and restoration work on guitars and basses.

In the early 1980s, the heated vintage market increasingly pushed guitars and basses out of reach for working musicians. In response, Roger realized that it made sense to build instruments from scratch that incorporated all of the improvements that he had developed over the years. Additionally, his background in acoustic guitar building helped him to build lightweight, acoustically resonant instruments.

Today, Roger leads an experienced team that is dedicated to improving building techniques and finding innovative materials to build the best instruments for his customers.

After many decades of producing some of the world’s most coveted instruments, Roger’s greatest joy continues to be witnessing the complete satisfaction a customer receives when making music with a Sadowsky instrument.

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Fall is here and it's time to make room in the shop for new builds. For our Fall NYC Custom Bass Sale, take 15% off select in-stock NYC Custom basses until October 31st.


  • When checking out, use the code NYCCustomFall15.
  • The sale will run till October 31st.
  • Select NYC Custom basses are included. Satin Series basses, Metro Series basses, new custom orders, archtops, and guitars are not included. Email with questions.
  • If you have any technical issues with the code or viewing the sale basses, please email


Quick link: See all sale NYC Custom basses