Strandberg Bass Guitars UK, Boden, Progm Original, 4 and 5 strung fan fret, Nordstrandopickups UK Basses specialist Warwick, Semi acoustic, Bass Direct, Birmingham, London, Manchester, UK, USA, EU, for sale, custom bass, fretless, made in Europe

 










The Boden Bass Original was designed to provide exceptional comfort, ergonomics and playability with its lightweight headless construction, multi-scale neck, and the patented EndurNeck neck profile. For the bass player, this is especially important knowing how much a solid body bass can weigh. The proprietary hardware is constructed of aircraft grade aluminum that plays a major part in the instrument’s unique woody and organic acoustic character besides reducing the overall weight. Premium materials for the body and fretboard combined with proprietary components along with world class manufacturing processes and techniques are used to produce these instruments of exceptional build quality, workmanship, and reliability.





The Strandberg bass models are for advanced professional bassists who seek the utmost in playing comfort as well as a plethora of great classic and modern bass sounds that can be used in a variety of professional musical environments, whether that’s a critical time-sensitive recording session or the largest of concert stages in which there is no room for errors. All of the features were thoughtfully designed, engineered and implemented with such players in mind –from the premium materials to the scale length of each string and from each component of the hardware to the layout of the controls. The Strandberg is for the serious bassist who requires an instrument that delivers all of the great classic bass sounds as well as the modern and which will help take his or her playing to a new level of musical creativity as well as the most enjoyable playing experience.


Customer feedback.


Hi Mark

 

I bought the Strandberg Prog 4 bass from you a couple of weeks back and you said you’d like to hear thought on how it compares to the Dingwall’s that I have already.

 

The summary: the Strandberg is awesome, but there are a some significant issues that I'm still working through before deciding whether to stick with it long term.

 

First, a bit of information about me as a bassist. I'm an intermediate player - I sing in a wedding/covers band and that's my main job, so my priority in the bass department is great tone and groove rather than technical mastery. I've been playing bass for about 15 years, started out with a Cort Artisan (a great bass, in fact unbelievable for the price) and then graduated to a Dingwall ABZ and Afterburner II as budget allowed.

 

I absolutely love my Dingwalls, but have been suffering with a lot of lower back problems through the course of this year, and the end of a gig has left me struggling to bend down at all a few times; which was one of the main reasons why I was really taken by the Strandberg. That and the fact that I feel an overwhelming urge to buy a new instrument every so often…;-0

 

So.... forget about my motivation. You don't care about that. What about the guitar???

 

Here are the notable differences I've found.

 

1. Lightness. The Strandberg is incredibly light. Dingwall's aren't exactly heavyweights when it comes to bass guitars, but the removal of the head and the smaller body shape is a gamechanger. Its lighter than the guitars in the band, but doesn't lose anything in terms of depth and tautness due to the scale length on the E.

2. Tone. The biggest positive is the range of tone options that the Strandberg offers. I have the Prog 4, and once the overall levels are set up, the guitar is an absolute joy in a gig as the pickups have completely different sounds. This means that you can switch from a big, fat, soul/R&B sound to a focussed indie rock tone just by dialling in from the front to back pickup. I did a side by side comparison of the Strandberg vs. Dingwall Afterburner 2 the day after my last gig to check this. Both are awesome, but the range on the Strandberg is much greater. Our keyboard/sax player commented that it cut through the mix much better than the Dingwall afterwards (she sets a high bar…!)

3. The strap, incredibly annoying. The top button on the Strandberg is on the back of the guitar, rather than on the side. It may just be me, but I'm finding that incredibly annoying as it creates a subtle but definite push of the whole guitar away from your body. On one song, or two, you don't notice, but after a couple of hours I found myself having to adjust and re-adjust the strap and the position of the guitar to get it comfortable. To be honest, this has a risk of becoming a deal breaker for me, even though I'm in love with the sound and playability of it.

4. Playability, even better than the Dingwall for the "moderate" player like me. The scale length is ever so slightly shorter than my Dingwalls, which when combined with the neck profile and the lightness of the guitar mean that its a delight to play, Slapping is the easiest and most natural thing that I've experienced on any bass bar none. I say for the moderate player because there is a trade-off with the shorter scale length and fan frets, which is that chords in the upper register are more difficult to shape and play accurately. A radical thought maybe, but the logical extension of fan frets is to remove them entirely above the 12th and go fretless from there?

5. Tuning... a mixed blessing. the tuning is so precise, that it can be a problem. I don't have the luxury of a roadie to prep guitars for each song... so I have to re-tune during the gig for songs in E flat (e.g. Superstition) or with a drop D tuning (e.g. Uptown Funk). The tuning nuts take an awful lot of work to adjust down (or up) a semitone and takes longer than I or the audience would like. I miss my Hipshots!

6. Stands. The body shape of the Strandberg is unstable - there is no safe way to lean it against a wall, put it against an amp etc whilst moving other stuff around. It just falls straight over. Many conventional stands also don't work (we have multiple Hercules guitar stands that are a good example) as they rely on the head end to keep the guitar in place. The only options are stands with a rotating fork at the bottom (inconvenient for regular gigging as the fork is detachable and easy to lose) or Strandberg’s own custom stands (great but madly expensive - at £65 or so - for a couple of bits of plywood and rubber bungs). Of all the aspects of the purchase experience, this one disappoints me as I think that Strandberg should include a stand with the guitar given that this is a real safety/usability issue and the premium price tag.

7. The size. Obviously, its smaller, but a side benefit of this is that it easier playing in small venues. I play in a mix of pubs, hotel function rooms and village halls/community centres. In pubs, space can often be at a premium and the shorter neck makes playing, jumping around and generally making a fool of myself much easier that with a conventional bass (Dingwall or otherwise)

 

Hope that’s useful. The Strandberg is a really innovative design and I do love it. The extreme design choices create something that is definitely different from Dingwalls, in many ways better, but with some drawbacks as well that mean… I’ll probably keep both!

 

Kelvin

 


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