Under African Skies

I was recently invited to a screening of a new film called Under African Skies……a documentary celebrating the 25th anniversary of Paul Simon’s Graceland album and tour.  The film focuses on the origin of the music and the political controversy that surrounded it.   It is a wonderful film and I highly recommend it.  The […]

Rickey Minor

The first time Rickey came to my shop was about 23 years ago.  He had just become Whitney Houston’s musical director at the age of 30 (she was 26).  Rickey began working with Whitney when he was 22 and she was 18.  I remember him coming in with his wife Karen and their son Sean […]

The Secret of Stradivari

Every few years, an article appears somewhere in the universe claiming to have discovered the “secret” of Antonio Stradivari.   Sometimes it is the varnish, sometimes the climate in which the wood was dried, and sometimes some other voodoo assumption. I have always maintained there is no “secret”.  Just the combination of good materials, good […]


I just received the following email from Annie Harris regarding her daughter Aubrey. Dear Mr. Sadowsky   I just wanted to say thank you for providing inspiration to my daughter, Aubrey, who decided 2 years ago to play bass when she learned about Tal Wilkenfeld.  At the age of 12 she fell in love with […]

Go Ahead, Make My Day!

Hello Roger. I just wanted to send an email expressing how impressed I am with you as a business owner and person. You always take time to respond to forum threads and are always willing to help. This is a quality lacking in today’s society. I do not own a Sadowsky bass as I am on […]

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

A letter worth sharing….

May 30, 2011   Roger and Crew,   For the past five or so weeks I have had in my position a wonderfully crafted LS 17. The guitar is everything that I could have hoped for and more. The attention to detail is beyond anything that I have every owned in my 35 plus years […]

Keith Richards

In 1990, I had just completed my first Electric Nylon guitar when Pierre DeBeauport, then guitar tech for The Rolling Stones, came to the shop to prepare us for working on their instruments in preparation for The Steel Wheels tour.  I showed the Electric Nylon to Pierre and he thought Keith Richards might be interested […]