New Economy Model

Thanks to Megan Blythe and her Dad for developing this new economy model:

Dear Roger,

I have been pining over a new bass for months now, and so I asked for a Sadowsky bass guitar for Christmas. But because of our lack of funds, my dad found a much more cost effective way for me to play. I suggest you add it to your next line of basses for a truly unbeatable price. Two dollars! Meet the new Sudowsky!

Megan Blythe

Premier Guitar

Thanks to Kevin Borden for including me in his Premier Guitar article “Milestones In Vintage Bass Evolution”:

Roger Sadowsky: When I was entrenched in NYC retail between 1977 and 1978, pre-CBS basses were hot. The ’70s products from the major manufacturers were lousy out of the box and required a major setup, and possibly fret work. (Dave Edwards, who was one of the first luthiers to really understand bass setups, told meevery bass really needed a fret job to meet his standards.) Music Man basses were really taking off, as was the aftermarket replacement parts business. Roger Sadowsky was the first guy we all knew who was hotrodding basses. Onboard preamps, great fretwork, deadly setups—he had it covered. He’d swap hardware if that was needed or desired. Back then, pre-CBS Fender basses were just used basses that retailed for slightly over what a new, comparable model sold for, and Roger was the Jedi master at hot-rodding these things. Sadowsky was the pioneer. ’Nuff said.

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Jim Hall Begins West Coast Tour

A very nice post by Terry Liberty on the Jimmy Bruno Forum:

I got a chance to see and hear Jim Hall last night at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle.  I had my misgivings about going since the 150 mile drive and late evening are not to be chosen lightly.  I also wondered if Jim would enthrall or disappoint, being 80 years old and all.  Besides, Jazz Alley food is… well… I’ve had better in U.S. Navy boot camp.  I finally decided to go, due to a two-for-one ticket deal.  Besides, Jim was one of the first Jazz guitarists I really paid attention to, along with Benson and Burrel and I’d finally get to see him in person.  Oh yeah, and thanks to Michael Biller of Sound Island Music who supplied the amps for Jim and the bass player, I had a front-and-center reserved seat (the only one in the house).  How could I lose?

As it turned out, my worries about Jim’s chops and his ability to make superb music were completely misplaced. The music was excellent.  Jim’s solos and his comping for the group were spare, wonderfully dissonant in a Hall sort of way and in just the right places.  There was no faulting his melodic or harmonic sense or his impeccable time.  Funny thing, I had to keep reminding myself that the reason this guy sounded so much like Jim Hall was because he [b]WAS [/b]Jim Hall.

Jim walks with a cane due to some recent back surgery.  He says the cane is temporary but until he can discard it he won’t be doing his Gene Kelly dance routines on stage.  At the end of his concert he introduced the band once again only this time as Gene Krupa, Ornette Coleman, Eugene Wright and he said he was Freddy Green.  Obviously back trouble hasn’t dampened a wry sense of humor.

I would love to have taken you all there.  It was an enchanting night and when he did a duo with the bass on My Funny Valentine it was an encore that brought tears.

So glad I went.

New Juanes Video

I am very pleased to see Juanes use his new Sadowsky in this new video!

Facebook and Twitter

Resistance is Futile!!!

I know this is a very obtuse pun, but this is former tennis star Bjorg Borg.

After resisting as long as I could, we have finally become part of the Borg called Facebook and Twitter.  I had felt that between my accessibility, our website, our web forum and this blog, that we did not need any additional “social networking”, but “resistance is futile”.  We have set up our Facebook page for Sadowsky Guitars Ltd as a business page.   I enjoy the sense of community it brings to all of our clients and future clients and welcome you to participate.  If you are searching for “Roger Sadowsky” because I got you pregnant 40 years ago, or did something else to either insult you or endear you to me, you have many other ways to find me :-).

The Big Move!

After 9 years in Brooklyn, we will soon be moving to Queens (Long Island City).  We had to move as the landlord is renovating the entire floor of the building. Here is what our current shop looked like 9 years ago!

I had moved from 1500 sq ft in Manhattan to 4000 sq ft in Brooklyn.  I never imagined I could possibly fill up this space, and yet we have been maxed out in this space for several years now.

Next stop, Long Island City.  We are moving into 8200 sq ft into a zoned manufacturing building.  This will permit us to have our own spray booth for the first time.  The new shop is only 10 minutes from Rockefeller Center and the music stores on 48th St via the F train subway.  We are immediately across the 59th Street bridge from the east side of Manhattan.

The construction will be finished this week.  It will take 2-3 more weeks to complete the spray booth and new compressor installation and then we will be ready to move.  We expect to be in the new space by early April.  Photos of the new shop can be viewed on the home page of our website or on our Facebook page.

I hope this will be the last move I ever have to make!  We look forward to having you visit us in our new home.