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FS / FT Sadowsky NYC 1994 Jazz Bass
£2350
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I picked this up on this forum around Xmas time. It’s a modified, well used but not abused early example. Absolutely fantastic and versatile bass however I’m accepting it’s not going to get the use it deserves and I’m really hankering for a 70’s Jazz bass or a Pre-EB stingray, as such - I’m interested in a trade for either of these.

I will add that it’s missing a small retaining black screw that secures one of the mini switches - it came to me like this unfortunately and I’m not sure where I can source a replacement. 

Price includes UK delivery. Please see

my feedback on this forum.

Description and pictures from previous sale:

Here is a quite unique old Sadowsky J5. This beautiful light blue thing bas been played and modified but it remains to have that Sadowsky DNA all over the bass.

Admitted, to some the adding of 2 ‘period correct’ Bartolini pickups may be an acquired taste but with a three way toggle switch per pickup it ads very musical tonal variations. 

The great early ‘94 maple neck, these necks are special really (Anderson?). The finish seems original to me, at some points it is becoming a bit greenish: same discoloring that happens with old blue Fenders.

The neck seems to be refinished in a yellowish clear coating at some point. It’s done professionally. The pickguard seems custom made, don’t know by who.

The bass has signs of playingwear all over but no abuse: generally speaking it looks pretty good. 

Most important is that it sounds and plays awesome, it is light (unchambered!) and well balanced. Other than mentioned modifications the bass seems 100% original.

In the early nineties these Bartolini’s, Gotoh tuners and bridges were the ones that were used by Roger and they still work perfectly fine. The Gotoh bridge allows for afjusting the string spacing which I find to be a nice feature since I like the spacing to be just a little less  than 19mm. The truss rod and the electronics work flawless as well and the frets have enough life in them for many years to come. The bass comes with an original Sadowsky soft case...

 

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Interesting electronics.

Are the mini toggle switches 1/ 1+2 /2 for each ‘pair’ of pickups?

Are all pickups true single coils (or any of them split coils), and in which positions is hum cancelling?

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Q1. Correct - both are 1/1+2/2

Q2. As far as I’m aware they are all true single coils. Not sure about the hum-cancelling? Never noticed any hum in any position. Each pickup is a Bartolini 9W5 - there may be more info about these online.

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Just now, johnbiffa said:

I presume truss rod is under scratchplate?

Yep 👍 

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11 hours ago, woolf said:

Q2. As far as I’m aware they are all true single coils. Not sure about the hum-cancelling? Never noticed any hum in any position. Each pickup is a Bartolini 9W5 - there may be more info about these online.

Think the pickups are a coil per string. 

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2 minutes ago, LukeFRC said:

Think the pickups are a coil per string. 

Never heard of that before @LukeFRC

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Just now, peteb said:

Never heard of that before @LukeFRC

I could be wrong! 
This bass looks lovely and went googling to find out what the Bart 9W5 and 9W4 pickups were, apparently Bartolini humbuckers with a coil per string... so five coils per pickup....Roger decribes them as linear hum buckers... I dunno, could be wrong.  but low output so the black box is a bartolini booster before the Sadowsky preamp on the PCB https://www.talkbass.com/threads/club-sadowsky.390234/page-81#post-5800314  I don't know what that all means in practice but would love to try this one to find out! :) 

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7 minutes ago, LukeFRC said:

I don't know what that all means in practice but would love to try this one to find out! :) 

Same here! 

Interesting bass, shame that I don't need another 5 string...! 

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Thanks @LukeFRC for the extra info 👍. FWIW - it does the active-jazz sound pretty damn well to my ears. Lots of clarity and beef where you want it 😉.

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Will consider all trades now - ideally with additional funds in my direction. 👍

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