Sadowsky bass NYC 5 for sale- eventually

My Sadowsky 5 string 24 fret will be for sale when my new Callowhill is done in 4-8 months. If you’re interested, contact me and let me know and I’ll contact you when I’m ready to part with it. Specs on my gear page.

UPDATE: This bass has been sold as of 10/9/12!

January 2012

Ordered a Callowhill Junk 5 bass

My next electric in the jazz bass tradition will be a Callowhill Junk 5, made by Tim Cloonan in Philadelphia. Tim and I spent some serious time on the phone and I feel great about his building approach and philosophy; it was a delight to find a builder who had thought of a great number of details that were important to me. He can also source some amazing Brazilian Rosewood, which is CITES protected and not offered by many builders. Seeing one in the flesh a few weeks ago sealed the deal.

One of the biggest things that he’s improved the balance and reduced the weight of his bass, often achieving basses near 7 lbs that sound great and don’t have any neck dive. It will be really gig friendly and I can’t wait to get it! Should be 4-8 months.


Junk 5

Chambered ash body

Flame maple top, dark cherry burst finish

Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard, no dots

Nordstrand Big Single or Big Split pickups, Sadowsky preamp

Black Hardware

One of the pieces of flame maple will be used for the top:

January 2012

Study On Strad Violins in NY times

Interesting read:…s-lags.html?hp

I’m with the violinist naysayers on this study, which is interesting but misses some things. You can’t judge an instrument until you’ve played in an actual musical situation, and often times the true character does not come out and become apparent until you’ve spent some time with it. It’s taken me weeks if not months to understand any instrument I’ve ever owned, which is why I’ve flipped so many.

I played one of the world’s best basses this year in my living room and used the Ferrari in a parking lot analogy myself.

That being said, I have no problem with playing a well made new string instrument, which is why my 100 year old bass is about to be replaced by one that is going to be made starting the end of this month!

January 2012

For Sale: MTD 535-24 Bass


For Sale: MTD 535-24 Bass

Handmade in March 2009 by Michael Tobias in USA; FS by original owner5 string, 24 frets ($4800 for bass, $200 extra for 24 frets)Figured birdseye maple fingerboard, maple Neck (a $500 upgrade)Alder body, figured rosewood top.Matching rosewood truss rod cover and headstock ($200 upgrade)

Buzz Feiten tuning system

Asymmetrical neck, zero fret, 19mm spacing at bridge

Standard finish- catalyzed acrylic urethane satin

Black Hardware

Bartolini pickups- proprietary design for MTD The controls are: master volume and a pan pot, treble, mid, bass cut and boost, with center click (from neck to bridge). The three position switch selects the mid range cut and boost point. Down is lower mids, center is middle and up is upper mids. When the mid pot is at center click, the switch has minimal effect. This EQ has 2 batteries and is a +/- 9 volt system.
Brown TKL Case – not used ever. ($270)

This bass is in incredible condition- 9.5/10. It has no major dings or scratches- in fact almost nothing at all! The frets have been played on with Nickel strings only and still have lots of life in them. The bass has been stored in a humidity controlled, smoke free environment.

Incredibly lightweight bass at approximately 8.4 lbs (according to my mediocre scale- I actually thought it weighed less!) This is the lightest combination MTD makes, and was recommended to me my Michael himself in request for a lightweight bass with an excellent traditional fingerstyle sound while maintaining the characteristic MTD tone. Of course, it also has a fantastic slap tone and can get very P-bass like with the front pickup or Jaco J tones with bridge pickup. Very versatile and shoulder friendly bass!

Retails new for $6,470

Get it near mint for $SOLD .

NO TRADES. I will not reply to trade requests, thanks!

I may be able to provide some audio and video samples- serious buyers only please.

October 2011

The New Fodera Emperor II Elite

I just picked up this 2008 Fodera Emperor II Elite and wanted to offer a quick review. It’s a 25th anniversary model, and features a very rare private reserve figured swamp ash top, which is practically unheard of. It’s also got a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard (hard to come by these days, since it hasn’t been exported from Brazil in 40 years), a mahoganybody, and an alder tone block, as well as Duncan dual coils and the Mike Pope Preamp.


Most of this wood has been on hand at Fodera since theshop started, and In fact the story is that the Mahogany was from the same block used on Victor Wooten’s Monarch Classic, arguably the bass that made the company!  I bought this bass after only hearing a few clips, but based on what I knew about the wood combination suspected it would suit me perfectly.

I am pleased to report it’s exceeded my expectations in all areas; tone, versatility, aesthetics, and ergonomics. I am floored by the quality and have to say that I have found that Fodera’s reputation as the world’s top bass maker is deserved given this particular bass. I think this marks the beginning of finally having an electric tone that feels like it’s really my voice and I’m looking forward to putting it to use.




Here’s some quick samples of some classic tunes. I’m still getting used to the string spacing etc but I think this is promising to say the least.


Rock With You 2
The Chicken Fodera demo 4
Beautiful Love- Fodera test
Fodera slap demo




October 2011

For Sale: Roscoe Century Signature 6 string Bass

For sale:
Roscoe Century Signature 6- their top of the line bass, with “3D” carved top with belly carveRare Madrone Burl top

Spanish Cedar back

Wenge fingerboard with 12th fret Wave inlay, and custom maple inlays on treble side of upper fingerboard (Aid in visibility up high; done by Mark Tenorio of Tenoriowerx guitars)

Bartolini pickups and pre with mid range switch

5-piece all quartersawn maple/purpleheart/purpleheart/maple “Wedge” neck (the heel of the center lamination is wider than the headstock)

Bolt-on neck with single-action trussrod and dual graphite rod reinforcement

Matching headstock

Hipshot A-style bridge and ultralight tuners, black finish

Hardshell SKB case- never used

Weight- 10lbs, 3oz

Made in 2006

This bass is versatile and can range from deep and throaty like a “P” to singing and contemporary. The Spanish Cedar and madrone give it a natural, acoustic sound. I have used it in the pit of the Broadway musical “Wicked”, at Red Rocks Ampitheatre, church, and a ton of jazz gigs, all to great success. I’m only selling because I’m not playing much 6 string these days. I have home and studio audio clips if you’re interested.

The bass is in excellent condition – 9/10. Frets have a little wear but have some life left in them. A bit of wear from my thumb resting on the neck pickup. There are no flaws on the body, one dent on the underside of the neck I didn’t notice until now, and a few scratches on the top of the neck that you can’t feel unless you play with your thumb over the neck, which you shouldn’t be doing on a big 6! Just giving you full disclosure- it really looks like it did the day I got it. Stored in a smoke free, humidity controlled environment.

Fresh set of Da’addario XL 165’s with tapered B and low action and great intonation. This neck is very stable and I have only had to adjust a few times since I bought it new.

If you add all these options up today, this bass would $5,580 list.
I’m asking $SOLD  shipped and insured in the CONUS, but will ship internationally for additional cost.

September 2011

For sale: Heritage H-555

This is a 2003 Heritage H-555.  This particular guitar features a lovely antique natural finish that has an amber tint to the natural color with black flamed pickguard, gold hardware, ebony fingerboard with inlays, upgraded HRW pickups, and a 3 piece flamed maple neck with a stringer. (I believe the stringer is bubinga). This the upgraded version of the 535 and much prettier than the 535 or Gibson es-335 if you’re unfamiliar with this rarer model.



Info from Heritage:

Neck : 17 degree peghead pitch; one-piece curly maple neck; single white bound mother of pearl and abalone inlaid head veneer.

Fingerboard : 24 3/4” scale ebony single white bound fingerboard with 22 frets; mother of pearl and abalone inlays.

Body : Double cutaway semi-hollow body with laminated arch curly maple top and back; multiple white bound top and white bound back; solid curly maple rim; single white bound pickguard; with f-holes.

Body Size :

Rim Thickness – 1 1/2”

Body Width – 16”

Body Length – 17 7/8”


Electronics : Two gold humbucking pickups; with two volume and two tone controls; selector switch.

Hardware : Individual gold plated machine heads; gold plated stop bar tailpiece and adjustable bridge.

This stunning guitar has been not been used for gigs; I am a pro bassist and it has lived in my humidity controlled (40-55%) home studio, where it gets played maybe an hour a week. The frets have some life in them.


The guitar is very good overall shape, however, there are some chunks taken out of the finish over the binding from the 2nd to 12th fret where some tape from a fret polish pulled the finish up (price adjusted accordingly!). See photos.  There are few scratches from string changes on the headstock, and some patina on the tuners. It sounds great!


Includes Heritage Hard shell case, not used since it rarely left the house!

Priced at $SOLD including shipping in CONUS.  Contact me through email if interested.


September 2011