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So basically, back when I was slightly more deluded than I am today, I purchased a number of Fretless Bass Guitars with the notion that I could master a Fretless instrument with little to no actual effort being made on my part. Needless to say, I was wrong...
Whilst it might not be “Racket-Silence" or “Brian Sturgeon-ary" to learn how to play a Fretless Bass Guitar, I will come clean right now and just admit that I am far too lazy to continue with anything that doesn't go my way immediately or pretty soon thereafter... I wouldn't go as far to say that I'm a defeatist but let me put it this way; If I flip the switch on a kettle and it ain't plugged in... the tea ain't getting made! Same goes for if ain't got no water in...
So anyway, I'm now in possession of an all-round awesome German-made Sandberg California II Fretless Bass Guitar that just isn't getting played and even when it is actually getting played it's actually not getting played, it's just more or less just being held whilst I slide a finger up the D string and listen to it go “Mwahhh"... and then back down the D string to hear it go “Mwohhh"... I will sometimes repeat this three or four times before returning the gorgeous instrument to its lovely Sandberg padded case...
To be honest I'm a little miffed as the sales person who sold me the instrument told me that “Sandberg's literally play themselves". I think what they meant to have said was “Sandberg's figuratively play themselves" because, believe me, this instrument does NOT play itself. Not that I ever tried connecting it to an amp and leaving it in a stand next to my record player whilst I played it classic funky Motown tracks in the hope that it might play along... Ha, ha!! No, that'd be stoopid!!... Ha!!.. ha, ha... Actually, come to think of it, maybe I just didn't have the volume up loud enough... ... I'll try again tomorrow...
So I'm not making any promises but this instrument might actually play itself!!...
The Sandberg is a passive bass meaning that it is entirely non-violent and fully compliant. It has AlNiCo Jazz Pickups, possibly something to do with Al Pacino...
The fingerboard is Rosewood or possibly a Pau Ferro which I'm assuming is the creator of the material but it looks like Rosewood but apparently it's actually a Pau Ferro which I have no idea what a Pau Ferro is... But it might be the creator but I'm not sure... But it's actually probably Rosewood... Let's go with “Ro Ferro"
The hardware is black and all of it is, so that looks pretty cool... Err, it's also got a pickguard for those of you with really long scratchy “Nosferatu" nails or terrible “punk-like" strumming technique...
Anyway, the finish is rather interesting. That's “finish" not “Finnish" though I'm sure the Finnish are also rather interesting... but in regards to the Sandberg's body finish, this finish is actually a 3 tone matt sunburst finish which is rather close to the tobacco sunburst finish but somewhere in between that finish and the regular sunburst finish. So altogether a pretty unique looking finish...
Anyway, that's the finish!!
Oh!! If you're actually interested in the Sandberg, visiting times are daily between 08:00 - 10:00 & 16:00 - 19:00 unless specifically requested in advance.
*Edit: Enjoy the less grainy pics...
“Ooooohhh.... Look at that tasty, toasty finish & yummy, scrummy grain..."
Up is my Breedlove fretless acoustic. I got this as part of some demo stock from Breedlove from Drew at GBBL. As such the case is in used condition but I have gigged this bass a total of 4 times in the 4 years Ive had it, its been used lightly at home other than those gigs, the bass itself is mint. This is now discounted and has been replaced by a cheaper model. It sounds utterly beautiful and is really rewarding to play. Unlike most acoustic basses its long scale so is quite a big beast! It has a really clever side sound hole too for tuning. Ive only played one acoustic that I preferred to this and it was £2500. I am happy to string this with D'addario Phosphor Bronze strings before sale if you don't dig the muted sound of the tapewounds. I also have some spare uncut nuts and saddles if you want to set it up differently. RRP At time of purchase was £1200. The newer models are currently £1049 on google.
I am heading to NAMM and have an Alpher on the way so need the cash. If circumstances were different honestly, I'd keep it just to have it.
Based Liverpool but travel around quite a bit. Im also happy to ship as the case is rock solid.
Heres a video of one being played much better than Ive ever played it. It is currently strung with Rotosound Nylon Tapewounds like the video.
For sale is a Steinberger Spirit XT-25 fretless. I bought this on eBay a while ago, a bit of a spur-of-the-moment purchase. It's actually a really playable bass with a great range of tones, but I slightly overestimated my abilities on fretless, so it hasn't had a great deal of use! I know they say you should persevere with these things, but I'm getting old and cantankerous, and I'm looking for the path of least resistance these days...
I can't seem to find a new fretless version of this bass online, and it's not listed on Steinberger's website as a option, so the fretless fingerboard must have been added later. If so, whoever did the work made a very nice job of it. The neck-edge dots are on the fret positions.
It's in good used condition (see photos) with a lovely rosewood fingerboard, and everything works. It plays beautifully, and sounds great. Comes complete with its gig bag. The price is £275 £250 £225 £200! including shipping within the UK. Bargain!!
Custom Fodera Emperor 5 strings Fretless Bolt-On for Sale or Trade.
Myrtle Flame topwood. Alder Body. Seymours and Pope preamp. Born in December 2016.
PRICE DROP: £6400
Selected Myrtle Top.
Purplehart position lines.
Thin and fast neck.
MOP dots with Tulips at 12th and 24th frets.
The Bridge Pickup interior Coil is 60's position.
3 Way Switch to toggle between outside single, inside single, and dual coil modes.
The instrument in very good condition! I used few gigs only. A little bump on the lower part, see picture.
With Fodera Hard Case.
This beauty in Budapest.
If you have any Question, please write me!
Selling this lovely Corvette Pro Series 5 String Fretless active/passive bass as the string Selling this lovely Corvette Pro Series 5 String Fretless active/passive bass as the string spacing is not ideal for me (16.5mm) . Very good condition apart from a couple of dings on the inside of the the upper & lower horns (see photos). Plays really well. Will post to UK address or discount for collection of £30.
MEC two band eq
Warwick bridge and tuners
Weight 4.3kg/9lb 8oz
Ovangkol neck with Ekanga veneer stripes, 4 laminations
Tigerstripe ebony fingerboard (fretless)
Bodywood (Topwood / Backwood): Swamp Ash body
Pickups: Active MEC ;Dynamic Correction; J/J pickups
Electronics: active MEC J/J pickups with active MEC 2-way electronics
Pot layout: Active: Volume / balance / treble/bass stacked