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NBD (belated). Super Light!

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On Friday I took delivery of a shiny new Sandberg California II SL Super Light from the good people of Bass Direct.

 

When the box arrived I thought it was empty. Then I was even more convinced the gig bag was empty when I got it out of the box!

Its astonishingly light. I weighed it myself at 6.58lb

 

Plugged it into my Helix and studio monitors and had a minor issue with noise... turned out my wireless bug unit was clashing a bit with the preamp. No probs, just out a cable in between the bug and the bass.

 

Sounds very punchy and clear. Piano tone on steroids. As usual I binned the horrible stock Sandberg strings and found a pack of D’addario Nickels I had lying about. 

 

It was comfy enough to want to want to rehearse with it on Saturday. But of a head twister as I’ve been giggling 5 strings for a decade.

At rehearsal I used a Darkglass M900 and barefaced One10. Its a big band with about 20 horns and woodwind, piano, drums, bass etc.

My amp settings needed a bit of a rethink as I usually play a 5 string PJ with flats. Used an Octave on a couple of sections as I didn’t have that B string anymore.

 

But when sorted it was thick, clear, and with a touch of grit from the B3K circuit in the amp. Sounded massive. Did big band arrangements of Superstition, Uptown Funk, 7 Nation Army, Havana, Don’t Worry about a thing, In the mood, and Zoot Suit Riot.

 

Its a superb bass and I’m really happy with it. I’m now thinking I need another one for flats!

Easter concert is in 2 weeks and I’m really looking forward to it.

 

Anyway, here is it!

 

 

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Beautiful bass.  I hope it gives you years of enjoyment.

I can definately see one of those in my future.

Frank.

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Ceder body. Norwegian maple neck, both lighter than other options.

New super light hardware.

No chambering! 

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Sandberg keep producing lovely instruments and this is no exception at all, gorgeous.

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Oh goodness. I was eyeing up the 5 string version of this the other day! Lovely thing.

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The thought of a 6.5lb Jazz blows my mind. Only heard good things about Sandberg so I'm sure you're more than happy.

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The bass performed beautifully. Punchy, and clear.

 

Neededto turn the bass EQ down a fair bit on the stage I was on. 

 

The bassist however made some weapons grade flip ups during the performance! 😢

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I contacted Sandberg on facebook and they have confirmed the VS can be ordered as a Super Light version now.

 

Now I need to raise more money! :D 

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1 hour ago, fretmeister said:

I contacted Sandberg on facebook and they have confirmed the VS can be ordered as a Super Light version now.

 

Now I need to raise more money! :D 

That is dangerous news...

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On 11/04/2019 at 10:50, fretmeister said:

I contacted Sandberg on facebook and they have confirmed the VS can be ordered as a Super Light version now.

 

Now I need to raise more money! :D 

Damn! My VS4 weighs a whopping 7.5lbs ☺️

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