Sadowsky MetroLine Vintage J 4-21 Candy Apple Red , Sadowsky UK,  Custom, Jazz, Active, Basses specialist Warwick, Bass Direct, Birmingham, London, Manchester, UK, USA, EU


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Roger Sadowsky's goal was always to further improve an already very successful bass design by making a number of detailed improvements. Along with the electronics, which he developed by himself, he succeeded to raise the well-known J/J bass sound to a new level, so today you can speak of a typical Sadowsky tone: Never harsh or shrill sounding, with strong, powerful but never muddy bass, with present, but not too aggressive mids, and a sweet and airy treble range. All features of this modern bass sound can also be found in the 21-Fret Vintage J/J basses of the MetroLine series made exclusively in Germany. All basses are lightweighted with approximately 8.9 lbs (4.0 kg). A good choice for bass players who are looking for a lightweight solution for the stage in addition to a modern bass sound. Special features of the Vintage J/J basses of this series are the active electronics with true bypass, Vintage Tone Control, treble and bass boost, ultralight Sadowsky tuners and the special Sadowsky bridge for quick string release.

  1. Sadowsky MetroLine 21-Fret Vintage J/J Bass

  2. right hand version

  3. 4-string electric bass

  4. 34" (864 mm) long scale

  5. bolt-on construction

  6. American Alder body

  7. Maple neck

  8. Rosewood fingerboard

  9. 12" fingerboard radius

  10. Sadowsky Just-A-Nut III nut

  11. 1.5" (38.5 mm) nut width

  12. 21 nickel silver frets (width: 0.094" (2.4 mm) / height: 0.051" (1.3 mm))

  13. passive Sadowsky hum-cancelling J-Style pickup (neck)

  14. passive Sadowsky hum-cancelling J-Style pickup in 60s position (bridge)

  15. active Sadowsky 2-way electronics (bass and treble boost) with Vintage Tone Control (VTC)

  16. controls for Volume / Balance / Vintage Tone Control (P/P) / Treble and Bass (stacked)

  17. push/pull function at VTC knob for preamp bypass

  18. Sadowsky Light machine heads with open gear

  19. Sadowsky S-security locks

  20. Sadowsky bridge with quick string release

  21. chrome hardware

  22. Sadowsky Blue Label 045 - 105 strings

  23. Solid Olympic White High Polish finish

  24. tortoise pickguard

  25. weight ca. 8.9 lbs (4.0 kg)

  26. incl. hex key tools and individual Certificate of Authenticity

  27. incl. Sadowsky Portabag (SAC BAG BASS PORTA)

  28. made in Germany

4-String Basses | Overview

THE SADOWSKY BASS is the result of our years of experience working with the finest professional guitarists and bassists in New York and around the world. It is our opinion that the most important factor affecting the sound of solid body instruments is the acoustic quality of the wood. The better a guitar sounds acoustically, the better it always sounds, no matter what pickups, electronics, or amplification are used.

The wood for Sadowsky instruments is carefully selected for acoustic resonance, light weight, and beautiful grain. Our basses are made from select alder, southern swamp ash, and figured maple tops laminated to swamp ash or alder.

We follow our wood selection with thin, durable finishes and construct our instruments using the highest quality components available. Most of our pickups are custom Sadowsky designs, as are our active onboard circuits. We are continuously developing new or improved components for the instruments and appreciate the contributions of our distinguished endorsers to our research and development program. The result is a professional instrument that transcends what is available in music stores.

The Sadowsky Bass is available in a slightly undersized J-styled body with a rear control cavity. The 21-fret maple neck is available with maple, morado or other premium wood fingerboards. We also offer a full-size P and J body in our Ultra-Vintage Series.

Our custom made Sadowsky pickups are humcancelling and employ a vintage-style magnetic structure for superior tone. These pickups have a nice tight bottom which cuts through extremely well, especially in large concert settings. They are available in J/J or P/J configurations. We offer a vintage style J-bass single coil as well. Our active tone circuit offers independent treble and bass tone controls with frequency centers at 4kHz and 40Hz respectively. This is the same preamp that Marcus Miller said “gave me that Marcus Miller sound!”

The Sadowsky Preamp is extremely reliable and provides long battery life with low noise operation.

Features and Models

Alder body, solid colors, sunburst: An alder body, with a morado fingerboard is recommended to the player looking for a bass with the character of an early ’60s J-style bass. Matching headstocks are also available.

Swamp ash body, solid, sunburst or transparent finishes: A swamp ash body with a maple neck is the bass of choice for the player desiring that ’70s J-style “Marcus Miller” sound.

Bent maple top/swamp ash body, various sunbursts and transparent finishes: Our most beautiful bass, equally at home with a morado or maple fingerboard, similar sound to swamp ash. We offer quilt, flame or spalted maple.

All models are available in Vintage Style, which includes a pickguard and control plate.

Ultra-Vintage J and Ultra-Vintage P

Not just vintage—Ultra-Vintage!  Designed to combine the nicest features of an Early ’60s instrument with everything you’ve come to expect from a Sadowsky. These basses feature full-sized bodies. Necks feature a 9″ radius, 20 frets, spokewheel truss rod adjuster and rare Rosewood fingerboards.

Five string models

Our 24-fret 5-string model features a two-octave neck to offer greater range on the upper register as well as the lower. The neck width tapers from 1+7/8″ at the nut to 3″ at the 24th fret. This results in a right hand string spacing that is approximately the same, string to string, as our 4-string bass. Two Sadowsky soapbar pickups are located to provide a tight punchy sound and to allow adequate room for slap style playing.

Our 21-fret 5-string is a J-styled instrument with custom designed Sadowsky humcancelling or pure single coil J-style pickups located in exact J locations. This model is recommended for those who want a 5-string with a feel as close as possible to our 4-string models. It is available in Standard or Vintage Style.

Our Vintage P/J 5-string is essentially a Vintage 5 with P-style neck pickup. There are two configurations of these pickups: One is a standard-P configuration with traditional P tones, and the other is a reversed-P pickup that provides a tighter B-string sound and also improves the “pop” on the G-string when the bass is in the “combination pickup setting.” We recommend our passive tone control on these basses for the ultimate in P-bass-style tone offerings.

The Sadowsky 5-string bass is available in alder, swamp ash and bent maple top/swamp ash in a variety of finishes. Maple fingerboards are standard as they contribute to the tight, punchy low-B string we desire. Morado, ebony and other premium fingerboards are available.


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Sadowsky MetroLine Vintage J 4-21 Candy Apple Red

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The new German made Sadowsky basses made with USA sourced woods hand selected by Roger Sadowsky with USA components.

Weight: 9lb 1oz/4.0kg

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