Only bought this a few weeks ago, then found an MB2. Condition is as new in original packing as sent from Germany. Plays well, it has the original strings supplied but deserves some better ones. Mirror finish (makes it difficult to photograph). Thomann's current price is £925
Can post to UK address for £20. Collection OK when government guidance permits.
5-String Electric Bass
Top, sides and back: Maple
4-Piece laminated neck: Maple with ekanga veneer stripes
Fretboard radius: 660 mm
Frets: 21 Extra high, nickel silver, jumbo
Scale: 866 mm (long scale)
Just a Nut III (made from Tedur)
Nut width: 45 mm
Pickups: Passive MEC Vintage single coils
Controls: 2 Volume & 2 Tone
3-Way toggle switch for pickup selection
Machine heads: Warwick
Bridge: 2-Piece Warwick
String spacing: 16.5 mm
Distance B to G-string: 66 mm
Warwick Security Locks
Weight: 3.9 kg
Original strings: Warwick RED (42301 M) .045" - .135"
Colour: Black solid high-gloss
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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 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..."
I’ve been experimenting with bass overdrive for a while now and I thought I’d share my demo of the Boss ODB-3 Bass Overdrive Pedal.
This Boss pedal is one of the popular choices out there for bass distortion.
In my video demo I explain the controls and play through the pedal with different settings.
I also have a collection of gear reviews and bass lessons in my Youtube Gear Reviews Playlist that you might also want to check out.