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.

Light Weight

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.

Signature Tone

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.

Endless Possibilities

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.

NYC Bass Options

Matching Headstock$200
Black Hardware$50
Gold Hardware$75
Block Inlays$450
Hipshot D-Tuner$150
P/J 5-String Pickups$100
Special Ordersstarting at $200

Wood Options

Figured Top WoodStandardMaster Grade
Quilted Maple$400$800
Flame Maple$300$600
Spalted Maple (w/accent line)$500$900
Burl Maple (w/accent line)$500$900
Macassar Ebonyn/a$1000
Buckeye Burl (w/accent line)n/a$1200
Amboyna Burln/a$1000

All master grade tops receive an accent line standard.

Fingerboard WoodStandardMaster Grade
Maple or MoradoNo upchargen/a
Birdseye or Flame Maple$250$400
Madagascar Rosewood$400n/a
Amazon Rosewood$300$600
Brazilian Rosewood (USA only)$500$1000
Ebony (4-String Bass)$250$500
Ebony (5-String Bass)$300$600
Neck WoodStandardMaster Grade
Roasted Maple Neck$200n/a
Flame Roasted Maple Neck$500$1000
Birdseye Roasted Maple Neck$500$1000
Body WoodCost
AlderNo upcharge
Swamp AshNo upcharge
Okoume (African Mahogany)$50
Roasted Swamp Ash$200
Roasted Alder$200

NYC Colors

  • Lake Placid Blue
  • Sonic Blue
  • Candy Apple Red
  • Dakota Red
  • Sea Foam Green
  • Sherwood Green
  • Teal Green Metallic
  • Burgundy Mist
  • Coral Salmon Pink
  • Olympic White
  • Black Pearl
  • Shoreline Gold
  • Inca Silver
  • Supersparkle (Gold or Silver) add $300
  • Candy Apple Orange
  • Vintage Teal Green Metallic
  • Sage Green Metallic
  • Fiesta Red
  • Black Cherry Metallic
  • Ice Blue Metallic
  • ’59 Sunburst
  • Two-Tone Sunburst
  • Caramel Sunburst
  • Cherry Sunburst
  • Natural
  • Vintage Tint
  • Bora Blue Burst
  • Transparent Blue
  • Transparent Red
  • Transparent White
  • Transparent Black
  • Transparent Green
  • Transparent Black Burst