Sadowsky nylon string guitar (QUILT PORN)

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  1. Jim S

    Jim S Silver Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    Body for my Sadowsky nylon.

    I ordered bora bora blue burst but do to a little misunderstanding it came out tigers eye burst with matching headstock. Roger said he'd refinish it at no charge or give me a discount on this or pull another body for me. Anyway, thought you'd all want to see some nice quilt:


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  2. KLB

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    If it were ME, I'd take the discount and keep that one!

    Gorgeous.
     
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    Waow ! Spetacular !

    I'd keep it too (with a small discount) :D
     
  4. Jim Soloway

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    Many years ago I saw Lee Ritenauer at the Hollywood Bowl. He used his Sadowsky nylon for a solo piece and it was simply amazing. It was one of the biggest sounding guitars I've ever heard. Congratulations on what I'm sure is going to be a wonderful instrument.
     
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    ditto....keep it with the discount. looks awesome and with the matching headstock..whewww

    {i'm current having a similar electric nylon built.not by Roger though.i'm still wrestling with what color finish i want ):confused:
     
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    A teacher I met a few years back at NGW had a real sweet Sadowsky strat. Even in his BW publicity shot the quilt still looked awesome.

    Thats a beautiful piece of wood. Personally I like the tigers eye color.
     
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    +1 on keeping that color...yowza!!!!
     
  8. Jim S

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    Thanks guys. Choosing a color is a b--ch!

    Here are the figured top instruments I got from Sadowsky:

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    oh wow, this guitar looks great. Tell me, did you order direct or through a dealer?
     
  11. Jim S

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    Direct.
    www.sadowsky.com Just call and ask to speak to Roger Sadowsky.

    As is typical for him, Roger handled the entire transaction with incredible graciousness and class. It's one reason this is my 6th and not my last Sadowsky.
     
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    wow looks excellant, you've certainly turned up my G.A.S level a couple of degrees
     
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    thanks, Jim.

    Does it sound as good as it looks? We rarely hear much about Sadowsky guitars on these boards, or anywhere for that matter. I believe he's more into bass production, but it seems his guitars deserve the same kind of attention.
     
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    It sounds better than it looks. It's a nylon electric and it's the prettiest sound I may have heard in my life. And by a long shot it's the most touch sensitive and dynamic instrument I have played.

    I don't have any sound clips but you can hear it on Lee Ritenours "Dreamwalk" and "Pavane" on THIS IS LOVE. I think it's on iTUNES. http://www.leeritenour.com/images/cdSleeves/this_is_love.jpg But that really doesn't do it justice. The first time I played one I was blown away.

    His electrics are great. I have two of them and they are right there with the big boys. I chose his over Suhr, Tyler, and Anderson:

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  15. Srini

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    I've seen Lee use that Sadowsky myself, and he always sounds incredible. I did learn a lesson, though, when I bought his Overtime CD. He plays a cheapo Yamaha nylon string travel guitar - and still sounds awesome!

    Srini
     
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    Roger Sadowsky is a gentleman and a scholar...of music.
    As well as one of the finest luthiers on the planet!
    I've always wanted a vintage J-style 4 string from him.
    One day.
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    That nylon stringer is a hum-dinger!
     
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    jim, I have a couple more questions if you don't mind...I'm really toying with the idea of ordering such a guitar.

    Can you enlighten me as to what type of "amplification" system is installed in your sadowsky?

    Could we see the back of the guitar by chance?

    How does this nylon stringed guitar sound amplified vs a standard electric, clean and overdriven? (feel free to use any geeky, food related adjective to illustrate your opinion...I will understand. :p )

    How does it play (again vs a standard electric and vs a regular classical guitar)?

    Thanks
     
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    Under the bridge is a Fishman pickup and transducer. Controls are volume and passive tone control. I plug in to an Ultrasound amp and sometimes my bass rig which is a Kern IP-777 preamp -> Crown K2 amp -> Euphonic Audio VL-210 cab. The guitar sounds a bit better through the Ultrasound amp.

    I have to work this weekend but I'll try to get a pick up later. Back is stained translucent brown on an alder body. The quilt maple top is about 1/8 to 1/4 " think.

    It is sounds a bit buzzy through a traditional guitar tube amp. I've run it through my Soldano SLO, X99 and Peavy 5150. It's dumb fun but not a real viable option.

    It's pretty easy to play. The fingerboard and nut feel wider than a regular Fender or Gibson; a bit flatter. Definitely easier to play than an acoustic classical.

    Sadowsky periodically has them made up stock and has a seven day money back trial policy. I KNOW Roger has four primo maple topped nylon bodies in the shop now so you could specifiy a color if you want to.
     
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    Wow, that's a purty one fer sure...

    Is the neck to classical specs/scale? I really want a nylon string electric - I've tried owning several brands already, some of them really nice guitars but I've found I need a neck that feels like a classical neck (short scale, 2" width, flat radius, etc). It seems most of these guys want to make it more 'electric' feeling...
     
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    Stunning instrument you have there.
    I've always wanted one of those nylon electric guitars for some time as well.
    Just curious.. How much would one of those cost in a ball park figure? I couldn't find a price list anywhere. Just wanted to have some idea.
     

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