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#1: Sadowski vs. Aria D'Aquisto Jazzline DQ-JZ

Posted on 2005-12-04 14:21:33 by JBgator

Anyone had an opportunity to compare the two, specific comments on Aria
D'Aquisto?

Thanks

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#2: Re: Sadowski vs. Aria D'Aquisto Jazzline DQ-JZ

Posted on 2005-12-04 16:36:10 by Pat Smith

I own a Sadowsky JH and am quite happy with it. I got to play the
D'Aquisto in Sept and was unimpressed. To me the Sadowsky has a more
full round tone and plays way better. I have played several real
D'Aquisto's and they were really great... I mean really...really great.
The Aria really has nothing in common with them except shape.

Jbgator wrote:
> Anyone had an opportunity to compare the two, specific comments on Aria
> D'Aquisto?
>
> Thanks
>
>

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#3: Re: Sadowski vs. Aria D'Aquisto Jazzline DQ-JZ

Posted on 2005-12-04 16:59:54 by bob r

in article Y3Ckf.35675$<a href="mailto:4l5.18968&#64;dukeread05" target="_blank">4l5.18968&#64;dukeread05</a>, Jbgator at <a href="mailto:jhbcpa&#64;cox.net" target="_blank">jhbcpa&#64;cox.net</a> wrote
on 12/4/05 8:21 AM:

&gt; Anyone had an opportunity to compare the two, specific comments on Aria
&gt; D'Aquisto?

I haven't played the Sadowsky, but I did get to spend some time with an Aria
D'Aquisto back when I was looking for a new guitar. I liked it a lot, but it
came in second to the Eastman I eventually bought. The Jazzline looked very
nice and showed good workmanship, but the Eastman won out on tone and
playability/feel.
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#4: Re: Sadowski vs. Aria D'Aquisto Jazzline DQ-JZ

Posted on 2005-12-04 19:22:13 by tomsalvojazz

I spent some time with the Aria D'Aquisto. The Aria is a very nice
guitar, as are many other guitars in that price range (Gibsons,
Benedetto Bravo, Guilds, Eastmans, Ibanez GB10, etc etc etc). It's not
that there's anything wrong with these other guitars... but when you
look at the details, you see the shortcuts, flaws, compromises in
hardware, etc. There is nothing that compares to a Sadowsky guitar.
They are THAT GOOD. I've played the Jim Hall and the Jimmy Bruno, and
I own one of the Jimmy Bruno prototypes (the one with two pickups).
This guitar SMOKES. Fit and finish, hardware and materials, frets,
action, tone... all perfect. This guitar should literally cost twice
as much as it does. I also have a Sadowsky Strat. Roger's guitars are
in a league of their own.

If you have the money to spend, and you want a sure thing, get the
Sadowsky. There's no other choice.

If you have any specific questions, feel free to email me!
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#5: Re: Sadowski vs. Aria D'Aquisto Jazzline DQ-JZ

Posted on 2005-12-04 21:03:33 by steinbergerstyler

Check the archives - there are a couple of side-by-side comparisons in
there.

I owned a Jazzline briefly...to me it looked beautifully made, I
couldn't see anything wrong with it but the vibe was just sort of
&quot;Aria&quot;. It really didn't play or sound nearly as nice as any of the
high-end Ibanez archtops i've played, and the sound was VERY acousticy
(probably by design - the top and back plates were extremely thin,
which made it nice and light)- it didn't really have that thick warm
jazzbox sound. Part of it might be that I think it uses the MIA
mass-produced kent armstrong. I strongly preferred rhe neck profile on
the Ibanez Metheny models as well, the JL was a little chunky.

I've never played a Sadowsky, but if they are really as nice as eveyone
says they're probably worth the extra $1500.

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#6: Re: Sadowski vs. Aria D'Aquisto Jazzline DQ-JZ

Posted on 2005-12-05 00:55:14 by David Moss

&quot;Jbgator&quot; wrote...
&gt; Anyone had an opportunity to compare the two, specific comments on Aria
&gt; D'Aquisto?

I tried the Aria D'Aquisto Jazzline and the Sadowsky
Jim Hall. I really liked the Aria, but the Sadowsky was
better still - better tone, better playability, and most of all
amazingly well balanced.

OTOH the price difference was pretty big - I guess the
step from excellent to perfection costs a lot.

Overall - if you're on a tight budget the Aria
D'Aquisto would be a good compromise choice,
but if you have the cash go for the Sadowsky.
..

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#7: Re: Sadowski vs. Aria D'Aquisto Jazzline DQ-JZ

Posted on 2005-12-05 01:08:46 by Joe Montgomery

Here's a copy of the thread I wrote some months ago when I had the 2
guitars side by side with the same amp.

Hope it helps.

JM
--
Yesterday I had occasion to be where both the Jazzline and Jim Hall
archtops were sitting side by side begging to be A/B 'd thru an Evans
amp with a RE10 cab.

First a physical inspection;

The colors (the violin sb) were virtually identical but the Hall was a
'deeper' shade all the way around (on top, back and sides but
mostly on top). The other difference was in the flame makeup of the
top; the JH flame was wider and more pronounced.

The body depth on the Jazzline is definitely thinner, tho I did not
measure exactly and there is more &quot;piping&quot; on the JH around the
edges on the sides...the pickup is mounted closer to the fingerboard on

the JH and I'm pretty sure it's a different pickup, tho the gold
cover makes them look virtually identical...
Same tuners, same pickguard, different tailpieces, headstock
shapes...the Jazzline has block inlays, no inlays on the JH...bridges
were similar but not exact...also, the bridge was set higher on the
Jazzline than the JH even tho the action on both was similar...there
was a bit of &quot;falloff&quot; above the 14th fret on the Jazzline. The JH
was straight all the way.

The fingerboard binding on the JH is creme whereas on the Jazzline
it's oversprayed the color of the finish. The vol and tone knobs are
virtually identical but &quot;felt&quot; different when turned...the JH knobs
were 'faster' if that makes any sense. Also, who else but a guitar
geek would stick their finger in the bouts to feel the bracing...They
don't seem to be in the same exact spot, the brace (bass side) was
closer to the f hole than on the Jazzline...in other words, my finger
hit the brace sooner inside the JH.

Truss rod covers are different shape, and probably most important from
the feel perspective was the 1.75 nut on the Sadowsky, which made the
guitar's neck overall feel better, at least for my style of playing.
Not that the 1 11/16 nut on DJL didn't play and feel well, but the
SJH had an evenness, a consistency all the way up and down the neck.

Frets looked identical and were both nice, the JH frets were perhaps a
tad 'shinier?' Case wise, the interiors were virtually identical,
I thought the JH case was a little nicer on the exterior. Probably the
same mfg. Weight very similar, if not dead on...balance wise, the
Sadowsky seemed just a little more even on my shoulder but again, not
by much. Both guitars had TI .13 flats on them...

--

Sound:

Acoustically, JH louder for sure, why, I cannot say...from here, it's
all subjective...the Daquisto owner summed it up by saying yeah,
they're different in a lot of respects until you plug them in...I
sort of agree and disagree at the same time...I think that there is a
lot of psychology going on while one is playing - the (perceived!)
better feeling, better responding instrument makes for less intrusion
on the musical process, so I think there's a definite value to that
better feeling instrument even if sounding alike in a living room ---
one can make a 2000 mile trip in a Ford Taurus or a Mercedes...the
destination is the same, but was the driving journey?

Both guitars sounded very good electrically, but when those highs get
rolled off and you want that sliver of acoustic sound to mesh with the
amp sound, I have to say that the Sadowsky rose to the
occasion...perhaps it was because it had that slightly upper hand
acoustically, or maybe it's the electronics differences or some
combination of both, I dunno. Still, I think with a little time, and in

a controlled situation, eq and with good mics, I could duplicate the
Sadowsky sound on the Jazzline with no problem.

Which brings us to the price differentials...

To this I claim Switzerland - The Jazzline was purchased used on eBay
for $2K. The Sadowsky JH sells for $3895 and not gonna come up used for

a while, if at all... So there's a point spread to be sure...
Ok, I'll stick my neck out this far...if cash is tight, the Jazzline
is a great ringer...but if you're the type to use the best oil in
your car, buy the Klotz cables etc...then hands down, the JH is calling

you!

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