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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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.


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.


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.


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.