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By Ted Theodore Logan, III
In order to avoid alienating the “traditionaly sane" members of the Basschat community, I have arranged the following advert to be compiled in two parts.
Part One will detail;
· The item for sale
· The asking price
· The option for delivery/collection
Part Two will contain;
· Mostly nonsense
· Incoherent babbling
· The ramblings of a mad man
Both parts will be void of any humour (naturally)
and absolutely no content contained within Part Two should be taking likely and can not be held against me in my forthcoming sanity plea...
model: Sandberg California II TT4 Fretless Bass Guitar
finish: 3 tone Sunburst Matt
electronics: Sandberg AlNiCo Passive Jazz Pickups
controls: Volume, Balance, Tone
hardware: Sandberg Locking Tuners & Sandberg Premium Bridge (matching black)
neck: Unmarked Fretless
fingerboard wood: Rosewood
case: Sandberg Padded Gig Bag
insured courier: £40 approx (location dependant)
part-meet: Cost of fuel
Those interested in purchasing this instrument should completely and utterly disregard any further text.
Thank you for reading.
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..."
For sale is my Sandberg California TM4. Now £700 - SOLD
Bought in 2014 from Mark @ Bass Direct, it has served me well for years as my main gigging bass, but am now trying to reduce my instruments down to only 3 for space saving!
Bass is in great condition and has always been very well looked after, but has a few small road marks detailed in the pictures. Mainly the DELANO writing has started to fade on the pickups, and some small marks on the headstock, neck and body.
Comes with the original Sandberg Softcase, which is a fantastic case.
Bass is located in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. Would rather do a meet and handover for an item of this expense, but am happy to work shipping out if needed.
Super punchy 600W lightweight cab
22" x 17.5" x 12"
Black grill front 11kg/ 23.5lbs
Only used for occasional rehearsals so almost as new, no issues.
Roqsolid padded cover.
Collection only from Preston Lancs for now, due to imminent hernia operation and recovery.
By Paul S
Selling my Musicman Sterling 5. This is one of the expensive and hard to track down USA models and an utterly fab thing it is too. Smaller bodied and lighter than a Stingray with a narrower neck, which was the appeal for me as lightweight narrow string spacing 5ers are few and far between.
Black with BWB scratchplate and a maple neck. Neck has a natural finish and is as smooth a silk. Serial number dates this to 2010 and I think I have had it for 4 years, maybe 5, mainly as a back-up bass. Scratchplate shows marks from wear but the body is surprisingly free of dings or marks - just one slight ding near the input jack. Very little else, hardly any buckle rash, surface scuffs or swirls. The electrics are active with a 3 band eq and a 3-way switching on the twin coil humbucker that give series/parallel/phantom coil to avoid hum. Not entirely sure of the technicalities but they each have a different voice. Really punchy Musicman tone.
Stats - weighs just 3.8kg. String spacing at the bridge is 17.5mm according to my ruler, shaky hands and poor eyesight. 43mm across the nut. Action at the 12th fret is roughly 3mm on the B string and 2mm on the G. Currently strung with whatever roundwounds it came with - I'd take a wild guess at some type of EBMM string - which, as primarily a flats kind of guy, to my ears still sound nice and zingy. It comes with the original fitted SKB hard case with Musicman embossed on the front. Full disclosure, the inside smells a bit like a charity shop - it came like it and several attempts to deodorise with Febreeze haven't got rid. Just to manage expectation when opening the case 😁
I had modded this to take, initially, an additional split coil P pickup* and, subsequently, just the P pickup. To sell it I have had it returned to stock with everything put back in place. The only evidence is under the scratchplate where the routing for the P pickup was undertaken (by our very own Andyjr1515, so beautifully neat not butchered )
I am selling it as all my 5 string duties are shouldered exclusively by my Maroos-chick Jake 5 meaning that this has just sat in the case as back up, unplayed. It occured to me that I may as well buy a cheaper 5 string as back up to leave in the case unplayed and release some funds to fuel more frivolous schemes. 😂
I am asking £1000 for this, firm, collected from South Benfleet on the Essex Riviera. I will courier this as the case is rock solid, UK mainland and to Europe via Eurosender. No idea how much but it will be researched and charged at cost. Not interested in any trades at the moment, thanks.
*I have the 5 string Delano PC 5AL/M2 pickup (and also the scratch plate) available, should anyone want to try this mod, at a friendly discount if all bought together .
For sale is my Sandberg California VM5 Supreme which I have owned from new and which comes with a Gator hard case.
The Supreme versions of the VM5 have the additional features over the base models:
- - Matched headstock
- - Pearl block inlays
- - High gloss finish
I also ordered mine with a 3-band preamp instead of the usual 2-band.
Very good, there are a couple of tiny marks on the headstock and one near the input jack.
The bass was my main gigging bass for a few years until my Shuker took its place, since then it’s mainly just been used as a backup, sitting on a stand.
Cash, PayPal or bank transfer please. I live in Sutton-in-Ashfield, north Nottinghamshire, UK and would be willing to meet part-way if collection in person is preferred (also my preferred method). Alternatively I can ship this.
Thanks for looking.