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Sadowsky RV4E Black Electric Bass Guitar #ME1046  From Sadowsky

A great playing and refined bass from Sadowsky!  

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Sadowsky knocks it out of the park again !!!

Incredible Sadowsky tone and playability at a new lower price point !!! 

Manufacturer's Description from Sadowsky

Roger Sadowsky has always been committed to making the highest quality instruments regardless of price point. 

In 2003, 10 years after his internship at Sadowsky Guitars, Yoshi Kikuchi began production of the Sadowsky MetroLine in Japan. With Roger's exacting standards in mind, Yoshi recruited a team of veterans from the Japanese guitar industry to make an affordable line of Sadowsky instruments under his direct guidance and supervision. 

Over the past 15 years, Roger and Yoshi have established the MetroLine as the premier line of basses made in Japan. 

Due to the overwhelming success of the MetroLine, we have forged a relationship with one of the top factories in Japan to produce an even more affordable instrument. Roger and Yoshi have spent the last 18 months working with the factory's production manager, challenging him to make a bass worthy of the Sadowsky name. 

The result: the MetroExpress...

Your fastest way to a new Sadowsky!

The MetroExpress is guaranteed to weigh less than 8.9 pounds, for a true Sadowsky lightweight experience.

Roger's commitment: "Since 1979, we at Sadowsky have earned a reputation for building some of the highest quality basses  anywhere in the world. While there are certainly cheaper places in Asia to manufacture instruments, the level of workmanship available to me in Japan—combined with Yoshi's commitment to quality—made my decision very clear. I will not compromise when it comes to quality, performance, integrity, and service." — Roger Sadowsky

Sadowsky Basses & Guitars

About Manufacturer

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. Our Metro Line represents all the basic models of Sadowsky NYC basses but are made by our staff at Sadowsky Tokyo. The Metro Line offers most of the same features as their NYC siblings including the same pickups, preamp and bridge. The quality of the Metro Line is as high as our NYC instruments. Prices range from $2350 to $3100 and are available direct and also from our network of selected Sadowsky Dealers. The Sadowsky Guitar Overview THE SADOWSKY GUITAR 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 guitars and 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 Guitar is available in an undersized S-style, full-size Vintage S-Style or T-Style-shaped body. Pickup configurations include three singles, single/single/humbucker and humbucker/single/humbucker. State-of-the-art humcancelling technology and electrostatic shielding methods are used in all guitars. All of our pickups are custom made to our specifications. All Sadowsky guitars are now equipped with our new preamp which offers both midrange boost and gain boost. The preamp can be fully bypassed for passive operation. The preamp consists of the middle control and mini toggle switch. With the switch closest to the neck, the preamp is totally bypassed for passive operation. In the center position, the knob is activated and becomes a midrange boost control with "0" flat and "10" full boost. The frequency center is 400hz and it makes the guitar thicker and fatter sounding. The third setting of the switch is a gain boost. This is an across the board gain boost which is in addition to wherever the midrange control is set. A trim pot allows you to adjust the additional gain from 0-25db. We set it at fairly low gain just to enable the guitarist to "cut through" when taking a solo. You will be amazed at how much better the guitar will drive any of your effects with the preamp engaged. Our 22-fret necks are shaped for comfort and playability. The 12" radius allows for improved string bending without "choking", especially in the upper register. Jumbo frets are used to facilitate string bending as well. Fingerboards are available in morado (Bolivian rosewood) or maple. Morado is an exceptional wood that combines the desirable features of both ebony and rosewood in one material. Our standard tremolo system consists of a very sophisticated yet simply designed vintage-style bridge combined with custom made Sperzel Trim-Lock tuning gears and a teflon self-lubricating nut. This is the ideal system for the working guitarist who takes one guitar to a gig and can't be bothered with locknuts and wrenches for changing strings on a gig. Features and Models Vintage S-Style with Pickguards: Alder or swamp ash bodies, 3 single coil-sized pickups ... Sadowsky single coil or humcancelling ... vintage-style bridge, opaque and transparent finishes. Ultra-Vintage S-Style uses a full-size body, Callaham steel tremolo block and single coil pickups. Bent Maple Top/Alder S-Style Bodies without Pickguards: Sadowsky S/S/H or H/S/H pickup configuration, vintage bridge or Sadowsky, various sunbursts and transparent finishes. Vintage T-Style: Swamp ash body, Sadowsky single coil or Joe Barden T-Style pickups, natural or transparent white finish, vintage-style gears, bridge, control plate and pickguard. The Sadowsky Electric Nylon String Guitar is a solid body instrument designed to be played with nylon strings. Designed for the electric and acoustic guitarist, the neck is thin and comfortable, with just enough extra width to accommodate the nylon strings. An acoustic style bridge graces the beautiful maple top. The transducer pickup located beneath the bridge saddle is powered by a custom Sadowsky preamp. The instrument lends itself to both pick and fingerstyle techniques and produces exceptional tone either direct into a board or through a variety of amps and PA systems. It is feedback-free and is suitable for small clubs or large stadium concerts. The Electric Nylon is currently being used by Earl Klugh, Pat Metheny, Lee Ritenour, Gilberto Gil, John Abercrombie, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Mick Goodrick, and Keith Richards. Learn More Welcome | In Stock | Online Store | Instruments | Strings | Accessories | Dealers | Artists | Support | Contact Us Copyright © 2002-2012 Sadowsky Guitars Ltd. All Rights Reserved. "TELE®, STRAT®, P BASS®, J BASS®, and FENDER® are registered trademarks of Fender Musical Instrument Corporation. Sadowsky Guitars Ltd.'s usage of these trademarks in no way implies that these goods arise from, are endorsed by, or are otherwise affiliated with any other manufacturer other than Sadowsky Guitars Ltd."

Specifications

Weight:  lbs

Serial Number: ME1046

Solid alder body and a morado fingerboard or a solid ash body and a maple fingerboard

Durable poly finish on the body and sleek nitro finish on the neck

Graphite strips in the neck dramatically reduce dead spots and create a more even response on every note

Classic Sadowsky Treble and Bass boost pre-amp with true bypass switch

Controls: master vol, pickup blend, treble roll-off (VTC) with pre-amp bypass, bass boost, treble boost

Sadowsky pickups, strings, and hardware

Available in 4 and 5 string vintage models

Following finishes available: black, olympic white, candy apple red, sage green metallic, ice blue metallic, and ‘59 burst

Each bass is guaranteed to weigh less than 8.9 pounds