sadowsky semi-hollow in the house!

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  1. jzucker

    jzucker Supporting Member

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    Look for a video demo tonight!
     
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    so you got another one? new? i just got mine. man, it's just sick and wrong. featherweight, balanced, unbelievably expressive tone (better than the namm show guitar from last year that i thought was so good)
     
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    Yeah, I picked up a used one. It's a more recent one which has the newer neck design and pickguard. It also has different pickups.
     
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    What's different about the neck?
     
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    Was this the Jim Hall that was on the 'bay?

    Congrats and I'm looking forward to the video.

    cheers,

    Edward
     
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    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Supporting Member

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    You're killin' me Jack...I've always wanted a Sadowsky ever since I started taking my guitars to him for maintenance during the '90s (he's only working on his own instruments now though).:(

    How does it compare to a 335? Can it get closer to a traditional jazz tone?

    stratzrus
     
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    It does get a nice jazz tone and a snarly overdrive sound. The jazz tone is very complex - Much more so than a 335 and yet it manages to equal or exceed a 335 in snarlyness but it's very light and the neck is wonderful.

    Look for the video tonight.
     
  9. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    Great! Glad to hear you found a used one.

    Bryan
     
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    Jack - youtube clips, pleeease. Preferably wearing the black beret.
     
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    Haha, will do.

    Adam wanted to know about the neck and pickguard. The original semi-hollow I owned had an archop style neck where the fingerboard and about 3/8 of the neck stuck out of the body. This allowed the pickguard to be mounted without a bracket via a screw into the side of the neck. The side effect of this design was that the distance from the strings to the body was higher than a typical solid body guitar requiring the pickups to be raised higher and the bridge posts to be fairly tall. Roger wanted to reduce the string height from the body so the instrument was slightly redesigned to have the neck sit into the body more like a Les Paul. This meant that he had to switch the pickguard to a Les Paul style pickguard with a screw in the top and a mounting bracket. As far as I can tell, it sounds the same.
     
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    sounds great Jack ... congrats and looking forward to the video.

    Could you wear a cowboy hat with a Racoon tail init? Then the SRV fans might listen to it!

    I noticed from Sadowsky's site
    " weight-reduced spruce center block" - what is that? Assume a thinner block to give some sustain but retain more "air" in the sound than an ES 335?

    I notice Abecrombie is an endorser
    ... what a tasteful player .

    .. but he's no John Meyer of course. ;)
     
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    I've gotten a surprising amount of negative flack about those hats. ;) I gotta get a fedora though...
    There's a pic of it on the sadowsky sight. I think it's really a hollowed out block that is only connecting the top to the back in several select places but leaves more hollow area. This seems to give the guitar more air to it than a 335 but it still has comparable sustain.

    Surprised there hasn't been a collaboration yet. First Sco, then JA and then who??? Wynton Marsalis and John Mayer performing at the superbowl??? ;)
     
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    Must be the day for semi hollows to be delivered as my 339 is waiting for me at home.

    Congrats Jack!
     
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    Thanks. Let me know how you like that. I've been very curious about those. None to be had in OHIO.
     
  16. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    Jack,

    Which color did you get?
     
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    I got caramel burst. The cherry sunburst is still my favorite but this guitar looks pretty beautiful.
     
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    It’s here. It was delivered last night. I like it a lot so far. Nice weight, sounds great. It really does sit right between a 335 and an LP sonically. The Memphis tone circuit is pretty cool. Doesn’t completely eliminate the tone roll off when you back off of the volume but the decrease isn’t as large as most guitars. I really like the higher frets that are on it and the big neck for me is perfect (but I like big necks). It isn’t a HUGE neck but it is beefy. Needs a small bit of attention to the nut as there is still some pinging when the G, B and high E strings are adjusted but otherwise fit and finish look great. Frets are a little edgey where they are bound but not outrageously so. If I hadn’t owned a Grosh I probably wouldn’t really have noticed it, it’s just that Groshes fret work is unreal. The weight and feel are great and the 57 classics sound really good. Much more articulate than the hums that are in my Tokai 335. I may lower the pups slighty as the low E is very close to the screw in the pickup at the higher frets. Played it for a couple of hours last night.

    I ordered mine from MF as I had a 10% off coupon.
     
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    I'd love to hear/see it. You have any video equipment?
     

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