Sadowsky Reveals the MetroExpress Bass Series

Sadowsky Guitars unveiled a new line of basses called the MetroExpress series at the Winter NAMM Show this year. The line will be made in Japan with the company’s own preamp, pickups, strings, and hardware.

Sadowsky Guitars MetroExpress Bass 5 Tobacco Burst

“The MetroExpress is made in Japan to Roger Sadowsky’s exacting standards under the supervision of Yoshi Kikuchi,” Sadowsky writes. “Roger and Yoshi began working together in 1993 when Yoshi started a year-long internship at the Sadowsky NYC shop. In 2003, when Roger set out to launch his first line of affordable basses, Yoshi recruited a team of veterans from the Japanese guitar industry to set up a shop in Japan to produce the MetroLine series. Due to the overwhelming success of the MetroLine series, Roger chose to forge a relationship with one of the top factories in Japan to produce an even more affordable instrument.”

MetroExpress basses will come in four- and five-string vintage models with Black, Olympic White, Candy Apple Red, Sage Green Metallic, Ice Blue Metallic, and Tobacco Burst finishes. They’re built in two configurations: with an alder body and morado fingerboard or with an ash body and maple fingerboard. Sadowsky guarantees each bass will weigh less than 8.9 pounds. The Sadowsky Guitars MetroExpress basses will be available soon direct or from dealers with street prices of $1875 for the four-string models and $1975 for the five-string models.

Sadowsky Guitars MetroExpress Bass Specs:

Strings:4 or 5
Body:Alder or Ash
Body Finish:Poly
Neck:Maple with Graphite Strip Reinforcements
Neck Finish:Nitro
Finberboard:Morado (with Alder body) or Maple (with Ash Body)
Pickups:Sadowsky Humcancelling J Pickups
Electronics: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
Colors:Black, Olympic White, Candy Apple Red, Sage Green Metallic, Ice Blue Metallic, and ’59 Burst
Weight:Less than 8.9lbs

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