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1  Sadowsky Guitars / Sadowsky Guitars / Re: Sadowsky Newbie...questions...guidance... on: February 13, 2012, 08:32:51 PM
I'm sure by now you've received your JB and have formulated your own opinions on your first Sadowsky.

You are correct.  There are many choices out there.  Most players select Sadowsky for quality and playability.  Also a lot of players don't want to take their prized vintage instruments to gigs for fear of accidental damage or having it stolen.  The Sadowskys are high quality sounding and playing instruments.  Although not exactly cheap, they are more easily replaceable, unlike an old vintage collectible.

Sure there are good sounding guitars out there for way less money, but the Sadowsky is for the finicky guitarist that wants quality, great aesthetics and peace of mind he or she can replace the instrument if something should happen.
2  Sadowsky Guitars / Sadowsky Guitars / Re: Sadowsky Newbie...questions...guidance... on: February 13, 2012, 08:20:07 PM
Hey there fellows,

I'm new to the forum and to the world of Sadowsky. I have my first one on the way. A JB in classic burst.
Have not tried nor played a Sadowsky before, but looking forward to it. Heard nothing but good things.

As I don't actually have the JB yet I may be a bit premature in posting here, but thought it couldn't hurt to ask questions. I had been looking for a 'classic' archtop type guitar for some time. Tried L-5's, 175's, Guilds etc. Had no idea the archtop world was so large. There seem to be countless makers out there, from Sadowsky to Trenier to Gibson to Holst to Ribbecke to Benedetto etc . Have to say, from the numerous glowing reviews and from all the sound samples I've heard, all of which I've liked, not to mention reasonable relative cost, I chose to go Sadowsky for my first real foray into this complex world. I realize now, after much reading, that there are a lot of reasons for choosing one size/style over another. But as I can't afford to buy 10 different guitars atm, I wanted something pretty much worry free and versatile. I thought of the semi, but went instead for the JB and I'm sure I'll love it.

The question for you all (or if it's been asked and answered 100 times before feel free to point me in the right direction for some reading of archives) is: for what I'm looking for, am I in the right neighborhood? I know you're all fans of these fine guitars so I'm asking an opinion about a product you all already endorse. But in the interest of furthering my education, would enjoy reading anything you have to include on the topic. For example I know many of you have had multiple archtops over the years and came to the Sadowskys after much experimenting with other makers. From solid tops to lams to double tops and everything in between. So I appreciate your candid thoughts on how these guys are better than the other choices. Looking forward to your thoughts. Perhaps, like you, I'll become a multiple Sadowsky owner. Thanks so much in advance...

-Shep


PS. fyi I'm a working professional in LA. Owned a vintage Gibby 175 years ago, but got away from getting further into the archtop arena. Not much call for it at the time so I sold it, yeah wish I hadn't but couldn't use it live. Too many feedback issues. As solid bodies ruled the studios and I have quite a few of those already (various). Also have a few Bakers and a Heritage 535. Multiple amps etc. So that's about the gear list. Fairly typical.  
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3  Sadowsky Guitars / Sadowsky Guitars / Re: Chuck Loeb's Sadowsky? on: March 11, 2011, 06:27:44 PM
What Sadowsky archtop model does he play?

Looks and sounds like a semi.
4  Sadowsky Guitars / Sadowsky Guitars / Re: SS-15! Newest Archtop on: August 27, 2010, 03:23:20 PM
I am fortunate enough to own one of the early production models of the SS-15, the only difference that I'm aware of is that mine has a 1-11/16 nut.  It is a truly fine guitar. Here's mine. Click on it to enlarge it...


Hi Carl,

One more thing....ours join the body at the 15th fret versus 14th will the new production runs.
5  Sadowsky Guitars / Sadowsky Guitars / Re: SAdowsky Archtops on: June 13, 2010, 05:14:31 PM
Hi Allen!  Good to know the Nylon's still working out well!  (got your last email, but have been a bit slack on my replies lately  Roll Eyes).
 Cool
Chris

No problem Chris.  Thanks for all your prior input on the Sadowsky Nylon!

Allen
6  Sadowsky Guitars / Sadowsky Guitars / Re: SAdowsky Archtops on: June 12, 2010, 06:22:49 PM


One major difference betwen the upcoming SS-15 and the JB is the SS-15 will have a 1-3/4" nut width and the Bruno has 1-11/16".  I think one of the qualities Carl may be having trouble describing is that the acoustic response of the SS-15 in more "immediate", due to the thinner body.  It's a great guitar and I am very pleased with it.  I will officially release it in about 4-5 weeks.

roger
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Hi Roger,

Are you still planning on joining the neck with the body at the 14th fret as opposed to the 15th, that's currently on Carl's and my SS-15?  I happen to like the neck specs (1-11/16 nut width & joining body at 15th fret) on my guitar. Either case, it will be a fine playing and sounding instrument.

Allen
7  Sadowsky Guitars / Sadowsky Guitars / Re: SAdowsky Archtops on: June 11, 2010, 03:45:22 PM
WOW, that is hip. i want one of those now, and a Jimmy Bruno...man oh and the Nylon..

While I can't state this with certainty, I think you might find owning an SS-15 and a Jimmy Bruno a little redundant. They are very close to being the same guitar, the only difference that I'm aware of is that the SS is a little thinner.

So, get an SS-15 or a JB, and then get a Jim Hall or a Semi Hollow if you want two Sadowskys besides the Nylon!  :-)

Right i hear ya, i already have a SH so getting the SS-15 would kinda be redundant right? id like a Jimmy Bruno possibly

Not necessarily.  The SS-15 sounds different from the Semi.  It has a woodier tone and more articulate note definition.  The clearer definition could also be becuase the strings are new on my SS-15 and the strings on my semi are a nice broken in set, thus rounding the notes a bit.  However, the mere fact the JB is thicker, will naturally render a slightly fuller voice for the instrument.  Don't get me wrong the S-15 is not wimpy by any stretch of the imagination.

Another reason I chose the SS-15 over the JB was, I preferred the black hardware.  Like Carl said, you can't go wrong with either one.

I also like to comment a bit about the nylon string.  I picked up a used 1990 model that Roger built himself. I was pleasantly amazed at how nylon sounding this guitar was, just plugged into a regular guitar amp (simple 1980s Polytone minibrute II).  Does it sound exactly like an acoustic nylon?...obviously not...the physics are different....but the basic nylon character is there is spades.  I've been disappointed auditioning many electric nylons over the years.  They just didn't capture the nylon sound.  Roger figured it out in 1990.  The transducer/preamp setup in this guitar captures the nylon voice nicely, without having to to plug into a good PA rig.
8  Sadowsky Guitars / Sadowsky Guitars / Re: SAdowsky Archtops on: June 11, 2010, 03:18:49 PM


Hi Carl,

Thanks for posting pics of your SS-15 on my behalf.  I just joined photobuckets and was successful in posting a pic of my SS-15.  Thanks again for turning me on to the SS-15 to begin with  Smiley

Allen
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It was all my pleasure, both because the guitar is worth promoting and I made a good friend in the process.

Your pic is a Sadowsky stock pic, I think. Is that right? Isn't the color of your guitar closer to the color of my pics or is it more towards the red as your pic shows?
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Carl,

Yes...the pic I posted is a Sadowsky photo of my actual guitar.  Based on your pic viewed on my computer display, my SS-15 appears a bit more on the so called "red" side, but not as much as in the shop photo.

Looking forward to you and the wife coming out to the SF area in August!   Smiley

Allen
9  Sadowsky Guitars / Sadowsky Guitars / Re: Show Your Sadowsky Archtops! on: June 10, 2010, 05:43:24 PM

My understanding is that in order to POST a photo, it must 1st be on line someplace.(copy & paste)
Photo bucket is ideal as you can re-size any pic to your preference & if it doesn't meet w/ your approval after posting, you can go back to photobucket, re-size, re-copy & return to "modify" on your post & re-paste after deleting the previous url.
Don't forget to wrap the url w/ img tags. AVATAR entry can be done from your desktop.
I ALSO would appreciate any other tips on posting photos.

Yes, I just joined photobucket and was successful in posting a pic of my SS-15 in the Sadowsky Archtops thread.  In the meantime, here's a pic of my Semi Hollowbody.

10  Sadowsky Guitars / Sadowsky Guitars / Re: SAdowsky Archtops on: June 10, 2010, 05:06:44 PM
Cool, thanks Allen, do you have any pics of the SS-15?

And this.



Hi Carl,

Thanks for posting pics of your SS-15 on my behalf.  I just joined photobuckets and was successful in posting a pic of my SS-15.  Thanks again for turning me on to the SS-15 to begin with  Smiley

Allen
11  Sadowsky Guitars / Sadowsky Guitars / Re: SAdowsky Archtops on: June 10, 2010, 04:53:04 PM


Cool, thanks Allen, do you have any pics of the SS-15?
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Ok...let's try again...

12  Sadowsky Guitars / Sadowsky Guitars / Re: SAdowsky Archtops on: June 10, 2010, 03:05:26 PM

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Cool, thanks Allen, do you have any pics of the SS-15?
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Hmmm...I'm having problems with this....pics are on my computer harddrive.  I tried clicking the isert image icon, then typing in the path where the jpg was, but it's not working...any suggestions?  Huh
13  General Category / Sadowsky Forum / Re: Tweaking the Forum on: June 10, 2010, 02:19:39 PM
I'm tweaking things as we go along.  Today I set up a specific category for Basses and for Guitars and moved the appropriate threads.  Let me know if you have any suggestions for the general organization of the Forum.
Hi Roger,

I don't see a forum link from your main webpage.  This would be helpful.

There is a HUGE forum button to click on our home page!

Roger

Oops...G.A.S. for more Sadowsky guitars must have impaired my vision : )
14  Sadowsky Guitars / Sadowsky Guitars / Re: Show Your Sadowsky Archtops! on: June 10, 2010, 02:09:51 PM
Hi,

Great pics!  What's the trick to attaching JPEGs?  I tried to paste along using the clicking insert image icon...didn't work...I must be missing some fine nuance. 
15  Sadowsky Guitars / Sadowsky Guitars / Re: SAdowsky Archtops on: June 10, 2010, 02:05:07 PM
Thanks. That was very cool.



you're very welcome !
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