Preamps - MXR vs SADOWSKY

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Preamps - MXR vs SADOWSKY

Post by definite » Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:37 am

Whats your verdict (if any) on the comparison between the MXR bass pre-amp and the Sadowsky?

The MXR also has an overdrive + 3 band Eq (compared to sadowsky 2 band + no overdrive) but im after TONE not features! Unless of course the MXR also has awesome tone then the features are a good bonus! BUT the Sadowsky gets mad rave reviews...

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Re: Preamps - MXR vs SADOWSKY

Post by foal30 » Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:21 am

I've used the Sadowsky pre-amp for 10 years and it's a beautiful thing.
It is simple to use, long battery life, and seems to be tweaked just right for a Fender Jazz Bass.

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Re: Preamps - MXR vs SADOWSKY

Post by timi » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:42 am

I haven't tried the Sadowsky, but I can almost bet that it is a much more natural sounding preamp than the MXR. Of course, that doesn't make the Sadowsky "better", its a question if you want character and if you like the character of the MXR.

I don't remember too much about the MXR since it was a few years ago that I tried one, but I remember the distortion being VERY harsh, but it seems thats not what you want it for anyway...

Aguilar make a similar one to the Sadowsky, and EBS make a similar (but probably more hifi) unit to the MXR. Or if you like boomy undefined midscooped mush that doesn't cut through the mix, check out a Sansamp 8)

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Re: Preamps - MXR vs SADOWSKY

Post by irvinz » Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:50 pm

i've been tempted to try out that sadowsky over there. mainly cause i usually play straight into a DI to foh.
but i currently use the mxr, and gonna be a/b ing it to a sansamp soon enough. does anyone actually retail sadowsky in nz?
i'll be so keen to even try out one in a showroom if possible
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Re: Preamps - MXR vs SADOWSKY

Post by foal30 » Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:26 pm

what part of the country you in?
as for retail, no one picks up Sadowsky here.
so if your Chch give me a yell if you want to try the original pre-amp out (no DI)

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Post by irvinz » Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:39 pm

im in auckland! gosh, opposite ends =p
i would try to get one with the DI out. as i dont have a rig yet, sometimes its just more convinient to get a tone im familiar and comfortable with with a DI out. when im at the desk i always mix the two signals anyway
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Re: Preamps - MXR vs SADOWSKY

Post by definite » Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:39 pm

Bought a Sadowsky
Tried all sorts of bass/amp/sadowsky settings
Has done nothing for my tone...(if anything made it worse!)

Pretty underwhelmed right now (and pissed at myself for spending so much for so little! :oops: )

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Re: Preamps - MXR vs SADOWSKY

Post by irvinz » Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:13 pm

so which part of auckland are u in? maybe u can come by someday and see if you ave a potential buyer =p
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Post by definite » Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:48 pm

irvinz wrote:so which part of auckland are u in? maybe u can come by someday and see if you ave a potential buyer =p
yeah. maybe !

I'm in Mangere Bridge.

I'll say straight off the bat though, I just paid $390 for it and its brand new so I'd want my pingers back 8)

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Re: Preamps - MXR vs SADOWSKY

Post by john » Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:23 pm

definite wrote:Bought a Sadowsky
Tried all sorts of bass/amp/sadowsky settings
Has done nothing for my tone...(if anything made it worse!)

Pretty underwhelmed right now (and pissed at myself for spending so much for so little! :oops: )
wow that sucks dude. why did you want a preamp in the first place?

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Post by beagle » Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:49 pm

Did you buy it from a store or second had Def?
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Re: Preamps - MXR vs SADOWSKY

Post by definite » Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:05 am

beagle wrote:Did you buy it from a store or second had Def?
Bought it brand new but not from a store - no-one carries sadowsky here in nz - the person i bought it from imported it.

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Re: Preamps - MXR vs SADOWSKY

Post by definite » Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:06 am

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wow that sucks dude. why did you want a preamp in the first place?[/quote]

I wanted a nice preamp, DI, tuner output and mute switch all in one!

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Re: Preamps - MXR vs SADOWSKY

Post by irvinz » Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:48 am

mate. go for the radial tonebone that would be sweet
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Re: Preamps - MXR vs SADOWSKY

Post by showking » Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:52 am

i use a sadowsky and at first i thought there was not that much difference.
but when i used it with the band, the sadowsky EQ will let ur sound sit well and cut thru the mix!!
i highly recommend trying the pedal with a band first before disliking it.
the frequencies on it are set at the sweet spots for optimum sound in the mix.
i will never play without this pedal :)

however, i am curious about the sansamp bass driver compared to this.

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