Roger Sadowsky of Sadowsky Guitars is one of the most highly respected instrument makers in the world.
Sadowsky Guitars instruments are played by many of the world’s greatest artists including guitarists Jim Hall, John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny, Lee Ritenour, Chuck Loeb and bass players Marcus Miller, Will Lee, Rickey Minor, Michael Rhodes, Verdine White
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SADOWSKY GUITARS HISTORY
Roger grew up in New York City in the 1950s with a Dad who listened to Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, and a Mom who loved listening to songs from Broadway musicals. He began playing guitar in the spring of his junior year in college, learning to fingerpick by playing Gordon Lightfoot and Paul Simon tunes.
While working his way through a PhD program in psychobiology at Rutgers University, Roger became friends with a group of professional folk musicians and immediately admired their wonderful vintage Martin guitars. He soon became obsessed with the guitar and began writing to guitar makers all over the world to seek an apprenticeship. A year later, he left his PhD goals behind and began working with luthier Augie LoPrinzi building acoustic guitars in New Jersey.
“It all boils down to good materials, good workmanship, thoughtful design, and the ability to really listen to your clients.” —Roger Sadowsky
After two years with LoPrinzi, Roger took over a well-known guitar repair shop in Philadelphia where he spent the next five years gaining a reputation for outstanding repair and restoration work on guitars and basses. In 1979, as a direct result of his increasing reputation, he moved back to his hometown of New York City to serve the repair and restoration needs of the city’s top studio players.
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