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Fret level & dress :: 1989 Sadowsky Jazz Bass [8.8 lbs]

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Fret level & dress :: 1989 Sadowsky Jazz Bass [8.8 lbs]

This sweet 27 year old Sadowsky J-bass has been through the shop before and this time in for some high / loose frets.  Before leveling the frets, I glued and clamped down all of the frets to ensure they did not move.  On rosewood fingerboards my glue of choice is thin superglue.  This was a finished maple fingerboard so superglue can make a mess quickly.  I opted for slightly thinned down yellow glue to penetrate down into the slot and easily clean up.  Now the frets are ready to be leveled, crowned and polished.  This player prefers electric guitar action (ie low) so precise fretwork is critical.

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2008 Sadowsky Modern 24 Music Man :: set up and pickup cover holes plugged

2008 Sadowsky Modern 24 Music Man :: set up and pickup cover holes plugged.

Sadowsky consistently makes some of the finest basses to grace my bench.  This one is a super lightweight ash body and sounds absolutely huge.  The controls and preamp offer a wide variety of tones.  From top to bottom: passive volume, active volume, bass cut/boost, treble cut/boost and a mini toggle for series/split/parallel.  The passive and active volume controls allow you to blend between the straight and buffered signal - extremely versatile!  And I can’t get over how lightweight yet balanced this bass is.

The setup is super low on this one - similar to the action found on an electric guitar.  The player installed a bridge cover at one point and has since removed it.  I plugged the holes and matched the color of the center sunburst with tinted shellac.

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