Dear Mr. Sadowsky,
After a hiatus of a few years, it seems time to bring this topic back to life. You may remember what I believe might have been the last installment of the "Dear Mr. Sadowsky" series: 2011's letter
. (I'll admit to not having done a thorough
search for all the prior relevant threads.)
As these years have progressed, I have seen more milestones pass me by. This is most notable regarding my children's persistence at this silly "growing up" thing (like weeds, dammit), and their contributions alongside life's trials and tribulations to the increasing advance of gray hairs on my head (accompanied by other hairs just simply deciding to start fleeing from the very same head). When I first wrote one of these threads, I was still a bona fide "young man", and now I can safely say that I am a bona fide "middle aged man" and preparing to put yet another year of life in the rearview.
I still continue to admire your work. I still continue to see what fine musicians are creating with your fine instruments in their hands. You have set and maintained a standard of quality. Bravo, good sir! However, I do still find myself in the place that I was in in 2011. I have the instruments I need for the time being. As much as I would enjoy and play one of yours were you to gift me one, my maturation has led to a certain peace regarding my basses. I'm sure some of my peers would refer to this "maturation" as more akin to me "losing my marbles" in my advancing age. ("C'mon, man, don't you really want a Sadowsky?!")
So, if this is the year that you decide that a Sadowsky in honor of Sweet Willie's birth should be built, I'd like to suggest that it be a 4-string fretted Will Lee model with maple neck and fingerboard and ash body. I'd suggest a transparent orange stain on the body and a black pickguard. And then that you gift it to some bass player who may have lost his instrument(s) in a natural disaster or through some tragic event.
As always, I figured that it couldn't hurt to ask.
Thanks for tuning in, Roger. Belated best wishes on your birthday. May we both keep on keepin' on.