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For sale is my Sandberg California TM4.
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 Cardboard box I got it with and 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.
By Jonnie James
Recently bought a beautiful spalted maple Sandberg Ken Taylor from the Bass Gallery.
(photo attached. She’s a beaut!)
I cannot EQ it to a place where I’m happy with the sound. It comes with 2 Sandberg humbuckers.
It’s too ‘Warwick-y’. Way too much high-mids. Too funky.
What I’d prefer is a more chunky, full sound. My other bass is Lakland which I bloody love.
I’m pretty useless when it comes to gear so does anyone have any opinions, options, suggestions.
Another perfect "Berg" is for sale. Light, perfectly balanced, very slim neck.
I bought this in March from a fellow basschatter and it has been my No. 1 go-to bass since then, but I've never gigged it. However I've bought another bass recently with my preferred specs so this one has to go.
Approximately 2 years old. The finish is immaculate. Retail price £1500+.
- Frets: 22
- Scale Length: 34" (86,36 cm)
- Nut: 38 mm
- Sandberg light keys
- Body Material: Alder
- Neck: Maple
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- 3.7 kg
- Fretboard Inlays: Block inlays
- Pickups: Delano
- 2 band Equaliser/Glockenklang electronics/passive mode pullswitch
- Dunlop straplocks + Sandberg strap
- Low impact ramp
- Brand new Sandberg gigbag included
Mods: the pickguard was cut to fit the ramp and there are some extra holes in the head where a D-drop tuner was fit. I used the bass with a Schaller 2000 bridge which also needed some extra holes (under the bridge, not visible).
Priced for straight sale but trade (+cash either way) is possible for a STATUS S2 / S3 (4 string, 16.5 mm spacing) or a compact bass head (like Little Mark or similar).
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.
Enjoy the grainy pics (apparently “the camera has been drinking, not me...")
You'll notice these pics have been taken in the recreational room as my outside privileges have temporarily been revoked because of Steve claiming that I took his red rubber ball, which I didn't. I just held it for a bit and then I lost it... AND!! I didn't “back-up" the staff toilet by trying to flush it!! That's not at all what I did!..
Trying to thin the herd again.......
Sandberg PM4 in Matte Blackburst fitted with a Hipshot Detuner.
Good used condition with no issues other than a broken scratchplate screw and some light player wear. Slight buckleworm on the rear.
It's an older one and I believe it was a custom order originally. I've had it about 5 years and it was a few years old when I got it. Matched headstock and block inlays, Glockenlang preamp and Sandberg pickups. Active or passive switching with a passive tone control. Lovely Jazz profile neck with some flame and I think its a Pau Ferro board as it looks a bit lighter than rosewood. Nicely set up with brand new strings too. Comes with a gig bag.
Collection/demo near Stansted Airport or I can possibly deliver to Herts/Essex/Kent/Suffolk/NE London by negotiation. Sorry, no couriers....
Thanks for looking 😊