NYC Custom Basses

20 Fret NYC

A modern recreation of early 1960’s basses with a full size P or J body and vintage size fretwire.

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21 Fret NYC

Sleek undersized J body available in Vintage style (pickguard and control plate) and Standard style (rear mounted controls).

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Singlecut

Single cutaway chambered body with a 24 fret bolt on neck.

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22 Fret Will Lee

Designed with Will Lee, features switchable mid-boost, 22 frets, narrow nut width.

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24 Fret NYC

Two octave range, available in Vintage style (pickguard and control plate) and Standard style (with dual soapbar pickups mounted closer to the bridge for a bigger, tighter, punchier sound).

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Our range of NYC basses reflects decades of experience serving the finest professional musicians in New York and around the world. It is our philosophy that the most important factor affecting the sound of our solid body instruments is the acoustic quality of the wood. The better a guitar sounds acoustically, the better it always sounds, no matter what pickups, electronics, or amplification are used.

LIGHT WEIGHT

The wood for Sadowsky instruments is carefully selected for acoustic resonance, beautiful grain, and light weight. Weight is an essential consideration for playing comfort and tone. Our NYC basses have chambered bodies for increased resonance and a target weight range of 7.50 to 8.75 pounds.

SIGNATURE TONE

All Sadowsky basses feature our world renowned active tone circuit which offers independent treble and bass boost controls with true bypass. This is the circuit that Marcus Miller says gave him the “Marcus Miller sound”. All Sadowsky pickups are custom wound to our exacting specifications in a variety of single coil and humcancelling versions.

ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES

We are a true custom shop for the working musician. Within our existing models, our New York shop offers an incredible list of options to suit every taste: exotic mastergrade woods, custom finishes, pickups, and electronics.
NYC BASS PRICES 
NYC BASSES
4 string NYC Bass$4,800.00
5 string NYC Bass$5,100.00
Will Lee 4 string NYC Bass$5,500.00
Will Lee 5 string NYC Bass$5,800.00
Single Cut 5 string NYC Bass$5,900.00
Verdine White 4 string NYC Bass$5,000.00
Verdine White 5 string NYC Bass$5,300.00
ADDITIONAL OPTIONS 
OPTIONPRICE
VINTAGE STYLE BASS$150
VINTAGE STYLE GUITAR$100
MATCHING HEADSTOCK$200
BLACK HARDWARE$50
GOLD HARDWARE$75
BLOCK INLAYS ON BASS FINGERBOARDS$300
ABALONE OR MOP DOTS (US ONLY)$100
SKYLINE INLAY, PEARL (US ONLY)$500
SKYLINE INLAY, ALTERNATIVE PEARL$400
HIPSHOT D-TUNER$150
SUPER J PICKUP$250
SUPER P PICKUP$250
LEFT-HANDED NYC BASSES$300
SPECIAL ORDERS START AT$200
OIL FINISH ON BACK OF NECK$200
LUMINLAY FINGERBOARD FACE DOTS$100
MID-BOOST PREAMP$500
COIL CUT SWITCH WITH STACKED J PICKUPS$150
TSA HARDCASE FOR BASS$100
TITAN ROAD CASE FOR BASS$250
NYC COLORS 
SOLID COLORS
Lake Placid BlueBlack Cherry Metallic
Sonic BlueSea Foam Green
Sage Green MetallicSherwood Green
Dakota RedVintage Teal Green Metallic
Sea Foam GreenBurgundy Mist
Sherwood GreenCoral Salmon Pink
Teal Green MetallicOlympic White
Burgundy MistBlack Pearl
Candy Apple RedShoreline Gold
Candy Apple OrangeInca Silver
Fiesta RedSupersparkle (Gold or Silver) add $300
Ice Blue Metallic
TRANSPARENT COLORS
’59 SunburstTransparent Blue
Two-Tone SunburstTransparent Red
Caramel SunburstTransparent White
Cherry SunburstTransparent Black
NaturalTransparent Green
Vintage TintTransparent Black Burst
Bora Blue Burst
TOP WOOD OPTIONS  
FIGURED TOP WOODStandardMaster Grade
FLAME MAPLE$300$600
QUILTED MAPLE$400$800
T'ZLAM$400N/A
MYRTLE$400$800
WALNUT$400$800
MANGO$400$800
SPALTED MAPLE (W/ACCENT LINE)$500$1000
BURL MAPLE (W/ACCENT LINE)$500$1000
KOA$500$1,000
TAZMANIAN BLACKWOOD$500$1000
COCOBOLON/A$800
MACASSAR EBONYN/A$800
ZIRICOTEN/A$800
AMBOYNA BURLN/A$1,000
BUCKEYE BURL (W/ACCENT LINE)N/A$1,200
NECK WOOD OPTIONS  
WOODStandardMaster Grade
MAPLENO UPCHARGEN/A
ROASTED MAPLE, UNFIGURED$200N/A
MAHOGANY$250N/A
ROASTED MAPLE, MASTER GRADE FLAMEN/A$800
FINGERBOARD WOOD OPTIONS  
WOODStandardMaster Grade
MAPLE OR MORADONO UPCHARGEN/A
BIRDSEYE OR FLAME MAPLE$200$400
ROASTED BIRDSEYE OR FLAME MAPLEn/a$400
MADAGASCAR ROSEWOOD$400N/A
AMAZON ROSEWOOD $400N/A
SOUTH AFRICAN BLACKWOOD$400N/A
BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD (USA ONLY)$500$1,000
EBONY (GUITAR)$150N/A
EBONY (4-STRING BASS)$200N/A
EBONY (5-STRING BASS)$250N/A
BODY WOODS  
WOODStandardMaster Grade
Alder or Okoume (lightweight, similar to Mahogany)NO UPCHARGE
Swamp Ash$200
Roasted Alder or Swamp Ash$500
Solid lightweight Swamp Ash 2.3lbs pbf for less$500