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Sandberg California JM5 Supreme custom shop (Sandberg gig bag included)

For sale is a lovely Sandberg California JM5 Supreme custom shop (now replaced with the California TM series), effectively their version of a jazz bass but with a humbucker at the bridge. The 'custom shop' which is printed on the head stock refers to the colour/scratch plate selection which was only available via custom order which is a very subtle "sunburst Dark brown to black and marbled silver scratch plate".

It would have been somewhere around £1400 new but I bought it here on Bass chat about 5 years ago for £750 due to some buckle rash on the back and underside and a replaced battery cover. The condition is still the same and I'm willing to go down to £700 (comes with a new Sandberg gig bag), it still plays as good, no buckle rash is visible whilst playing. I loved the bass so much that the only reason I'm selling is because I've bought a newer version of the exact same model.

Also open to trades, I could do with a fretless or even double bass

EDIT:  Please find below the spec (as much as I know - its not on the website anymore)

 

  • 5 Sting
  • Zero Fret at the nut
  • 22 frets
  • 34" scale length
  • 18mm string spacing (but adjustable to around 17mm to 19mm)
  • dot markings on the side of the neck for normal fret positions, and double dot for octave
  • Electronics:
    • volume control with pull push for active passive switch
    • pick up selection control
    • treble boost/cut (works as overall tone control in passive mode)
    • bass boost/cut
    • There is also a switch which I honestly don't know what it does! (help me out here if someone else knows) It has the overall impact of giving a general bottom end boost) some research suggests that this is sometimes a coil tap on these bass which would suggest that the boost I'm hearing is engaging the full power of the bridge humbucker but allow a more traditional jazz bridge 'Jaco' tone when desired. If anyone has more info this please comment or send me a message
  • Body Ash (I think) sunburst Dark brown to black
  • Scratch Plate: marbled silver
  • Neck:Bolt on Maple with rosewood fingerboard (I think)

I'm located in Lincolnshire (Bourne, near Peterborough) for test playing or pick up. But I'm also happy to use a courier (will be well packaged!) at cost to the buyer.

Pictures attached (including lots of close ups of the buckle rash!). If you have any questions, then let me know.

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Hi man, 

how heavy, how much is the distance between the strings at the bridge, how many positions the bass is?

Cheers!

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5 hours ago, silverfoxnik said:

That's a very good price for a quality bass! 

GLWTS 

Thank you, it is a great bass to play...anyone interested is welcome to try it out. Please don't let me super honest approach to selling (close ups of every mark) put you off, the marks aren't visible when playing.

Also forgot to mention that I'm open to trades....anything interesting, let me know (especially fretless or even double bass?) (Original posted edited to reflect)

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4 hours ago, Karabass said:

Hi man, 

how heavy, how much is the distance between the strings at the bridge, how many positions the bass is?

Cheers!

Weight is 4.7kg on my bath room scales and string spacing appears to be 18mm by my ruler. It has 22 frets and also a zero fret.

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14 hours ago, Karabass said:

Is it possible to change space between the strings to 19 mm?

Thanks?

Potentially? There is a small allen key which adjusts the saddle sideways? I've never tried to use it to adjust the total spacing on all strings but for a change as small as 1mm, it might be possible.

I'll take a look this evening.

 

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On 28/01/2019 at 18:34, Karabass said:

Is it possible to change space between the strings to 19 mm?

Thanks?

Hi Karabass, I've just maxed the string spacing and it is exactly 19mm (the total distance of the 4 gaps is 76mm) I'm not sure it's designed to be like this, but it still plays great and plenty of room at the edge of the 22nd fret so strings won't fall off the edge. I hope that helps.

 

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I had a Sandberg 5 some years ago and one of the cool things about the bridge design was that it allowed you to vary the string spacing.. 

The tonal flexibility of these basses is great too and the active/passive switch mine had on the pre was really helpful as well. 

GLWTS 

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8 minutes ago, silverfoxnik said:

... the active/passive switch mine had on the pre was really helpful as well. 

Yes this also has the active passive switch - I'll update the actual spec on the opening post with as much info as I can find....sorry!

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