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The company was started in 1979 and took its name from its founder, Roger Sadowsky, who is known for "being one of the industry's master craftsmen". As of 2011 the company has 10 employees involved in instrument manufacturing excluding Sadowsky himself. Sadowsky started out modifying vintage Fender basses, which were at that time inexpensive, to improve their sound by adding more noise reduction technology and replacing the passive electronics with an active preamp, which increases the signal-to-noise ratio of the bass's signal. Once the price of vintage bass guitars began to increase, Sadowsky started making new bass guitars, and then signature models.
Product lines and models
The Sadowsky "NYC" line of instruments consists of four- and five-string bass guitars and six-string guitars. The bass guitars have a 34 inch scale length with no current models offered in longer or shorter scale lengths.
The Sadowsky Metro line are the basic models of Sadowsky NYC basses made by Sadowsky Tokyo and offers most of the same features, minus the custom options, of the NYC line at a more affordable price.
Sadowsky, as of 2003, also offers a line of archtop guitars. There are currently five models available, the Jim Hall model, the Jimmy Bruno model, the semi-hollow model, the LS-17 (long scale/17" lower bout) and the SS-15 (short scale/15" lower bout).
Players and endorsers
The various archtop guitar models are played and endorsed by many professional guitarists.
Sadowsky bass models are used by high profile musicians
- Willie Weeks: the "Sadowsky Vintage P/J 5-string" with the reversed P pickup is his personal model.
- Will Lee
- Jason Newsted: he once placed a single order for nine Sadowsky bass guitars.
- Brian Marshall (Alter Bridge and Creed): used them exclusively since 2004.
- Tal Wilkenfeld: In 2007, Roger Sadowsky heard this Australian bass player on the instrument, and she accepted an offer made by him as the official endorser of Sadowsky bass guitars.
- Marcus Miller
- Darryl Jones
- Andy Tarrant
- Futoshi Uehara
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