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16  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: New soapbar pickups on: August 26, 2011, 08:25:36 PM
The new narrow soapbars have the exact same centerline as the older, wider pickups.  The photo analysis is not accurate....may be a function of camera angles, focal length, etc.   Here is a photo from our CNC programming to show the old and new placement.

Roger



NICE! I didn't know you guys used any CNC!!  I used to be a CNC machinist.  Made motorcycle parts instead of the finest bass guitar parts on the planet!  Glad you shared this tidbit!
17  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Preamp Configuration question on: August 26, 2011, 08:23:59 PM
There is no option to cut treble or bass on the Sadowsky preamp.  When I was experimenting with circuits, I found the VTC as a treble cut much more musical than an active treble cut.

Roger

I agree with this thought.  One of my basses has VTC, the other does not.  The passive treble roll off of the VTC sounds much more natural than other basses I've played that have fully active boost/cut EQ on board. 

I prefer to roll my treble knob back a little on my parametric EQ on my Ampeg SVT 4 Pro and I reduce the treble on the top end of the graphic EQ there.  I boost mids on my Sansamp RBI with a little drive.  I boost some of the mids on my SVT 4 Pro and it's just the  butter zone!  Nice and round... When I hear it, I picture someone putting home made chocolate frosting on a chocolate cake.  Not that overly sugared frosting... you know the kind.. that really tasty kind that isn't over the top.  Home made frosting... like your grandmother makes... yum!

Sigh... living on the road makes it difficult!  Now I want to head home and fire up the rig!
18  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Neck Adjustment... twist? on: June 10, 2011, 12:10:42 AM
Indeed, duder!  I'll look into it when I get back into town.  I'm actually leaving in the morning (June 9th) for a six week run around the lower 48 hauling random refrigerated goodness. 
19  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Neck Adjustment... twist? on: June 07, 2011, 08:41:20 PM
Thanks, Roger!

I'll keep poking around when I get a chance. 

Keep an eye out for a grey Knight Refrigerated tractor/trailer... you never know when it will be me!

I'll poke around some shops when I get back from my first run and contact you guys! 
20  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Neck Adjustment... twist? on: June 04, 2011, 01:46:58 AM
I don't have an accurate scale to check.  When I press those strings at the first and 24th frets, the B side appears to have a larger gap than the G side. 

I have a tape measure and I'll get an extra hand to double check.  It doesn't really seem like an optical illusion to me, though.  I wish I had a good way to catch it on film.  My other bass doesn't do this.  It's pretty even all around and I can get lower action on it.
21  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Neck Adjustment... twist? on: June 03, 2011, 08:29:16 PM
I just noticed something odd on one of my basses... namely #3408... which is a nice 2004 model Modern 5 JJ in black with a maple neck and fretboard... it's actually pictured in my avatar.  Don't mind the fuzziness!

I was looking down both sides of my neck.  I noticed the B string side has generous (certainly not too too much) backbow, while the G string side looks flat.

I've never adjusted the necks on either of my Sadowsky basses, but I was wondering what I might want to do in such a case.

I've never dropped or done anything careless with my instruments.  Aside from some general cosmetic wear (general aging and a couple of character building dings), there isn't anything really wrong here with the bass. 

I've just noticed that I can't get the action as low as it is on my Modern 5 and I'd like to change that.  Any advice from the other bass setup geniuses on the board are welcome to chime in Smiley 

Also...  Does anyone know where I can find a box to ship my bass if necessary to send back to the shop?  I haven't had any luck with Guitar Center. 
22  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Porta Bag on: June 03, 2011, 08:17:47 PM
Not only that... but your Sadowsky case is designed with your bass in mind!  I noticed that other brand cases can't handle the size of the headstock... like my SKB case that one of my G&Ls is in, for example. 

Thanks for the review... I'm considering trying a portabag so I can take a bass with me on the road! 
23  General Category / Sadowsky Forum / Re: May 31st, 2011 on: June 01, 2011, 09:33:31 PM
So sorry I missed it!  I was away from keyboard! 

Happy Belated and many more! 
24  General Category / Sadowsky Forum / Re: When did sadowsky make their first 5 string? on: June 01, 2011, 09:32:44 PM
According to my records, my first 5 string was completed in November 1989 (#663).   I was a bit late coming to the 5 string party and it took me a year or two to settle on my current specs for neck width, nut width and string spacing.

Roger

Well worth the wait for those specs!  Only Ibanez BTB, some Fenders and the wide Carvins can come close to your spec(I'm only speaking for the neck width and string-to-string spacing), but those other brands are just too heavy. 

I'm also a huge fan of the Modern 5 basses!  Gotta order another one sometime this year!
25  General Category / Sadowsky Forum / Re: When did sadowsky make their first 5 string? on: May 28, 2011, 03:50:20 AM
It would be awesome if Sadowsky beat Fender to the 5er.  Please say it is so!  I have yet to find another brand of bass (especially 5 strings) in this price range or lower that play so nicely. 

I thought Roger mentioned before when he built his first fiver.  I think it was the 80s, but we'll wait and see.
26  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Strings to use? on: May 22, 2011, 04:25:03 PM
I haven't tried the Elixirs on my Sadowsky basses, but I do have a very strong preference toward non-coated strings.  I think they sound more natural and they feel better, too.

I tried a couple of brands of coated strings (DR and I forgot the other brand) They just didn't sit right with me.  I'll use the regular Sadowsky, DR, LaBella and Dunlop strings.  Rotosound sound good, but they are super rough to the touch.
27  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Onboard Preamp Only? on: May 20, 2011, 02:28:56 PM
I usually boost both about 50% with no issues.  I've done 100%, but it's just more top end than I need and the bass sounds good and thick, but I just leave my on-board at about 50% boost to both the bass and treble and never had a problem with FoH.
28  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Black Hardware on: May 15, 2011, 09:53:14 PM
You should hunt around for some black hardware of any kind and see how it looks when you hold it up to the bass, too.  Lake Placid Blue is the color of my bass with the chrome hardware and I think it looks better than black. 

Still would be interesting to see yours with black, but it's a hard pick! 

Good luck with your choice!
29  General Category / Sadowsky Forum / Re: Gig pics of your Sadowsky on: May 15, 2011, 09:51:14 PM
Sweet!  I love that pink guitar!  I like the blue modern 5 above it!  Looks classy with the chrome hardware.
30  Sadowsky Basses / Sadowsky Basses / Re: Black Hardware on: May 14, 2011, 06:34:21 PM
Could we see a pic of the bass you want to change?  I don't know if you can get the bridges, string tree or tuners separately.  Have to wait for the official answer. 

Why don't you want to stay chrome?  I have four basses.  Two have chrome hardware and two have black.  I like the balance.
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