Hey everyone, here I have an original Jazz style California TM-5 from Sandberg out of Germany.
These things are hand built and given a whole lotta love in the factory, Sandberg are known for absolutely killer basses, versatile and way more bang for your buck than many out there. This specific bass is when they still used the traditional Jazz and Precision body shapes.
Trades: Ideally looking for a passive jazz or a 5 string P but hey, show me anything, I may be interested!
Based In Finchley (LONDON)
Scale: 34" long scale
Pickup: 1 Delano J-Style and 1 Delano Power Humbucker
Sandberg 2-band EQ
Colour: 3-tone sunburst hardcore aged
PRICE DROP: £850
Selling this wonderful Sandberg California 2 TM4 as I am not using it much (spending more time with a Sandberg California TT4 Fretless).
It has seen mainly home and practice room use and is in excellent condition. There are just a few very minor scratches which can be seen in the pictures below. It sounds excellent and can go from jazz bass to MM tones very easily. The preamp is natural-sounding and can be bypassed by via an onboard switch. Comes with a high quality Sandberg padded gigbag.
Collection in Hackney, London or shipment at buyer's expense. Thanks for looking.
Neck: 6 bolted / canadian hardrock maple
Fretboard: 22 frets, Rosewood
Finish: Matt, Ash Body
Pickup: 1 delano JMVC, 1 delano MCFE / PU-split
Preamp: sandberg 2-band, active/passive, passive tone control
Delivered yesterday. Sandberg California TM5 Superlight with birdseye maple fingerboard and abalone inlays. Includes Sandberg gig bag.
£1,100 delivered in UK. I still have the original shipping box. Bought from The Bass Gallery for £1,629.
Ordered six months ago but between then and the delivery yesterday I have set my heart on something else. The bass is stunning and obviously in brand new condition. Very lively sounding and plays beautifully. Incredibly light and it almost feels like you don't actually have a bass attached to your strap.
I live in Glasgow and anyone interested is welcome to try in person if we can resolve social distancing rules.
Sandberg Configuration Code: CANT2-TM:BL-SL-5S-34-MF-RB-PAU-NOT-BEMPF-F-DTA-NOM-CRH-CLT-2EQ+SSW-TP-X-LH
Model: Sandberg TM SL, Superlight lefthand
Finish: Matt, redburst
Scale and Strings: 5-string 34" (standard)
Fingerboard: Birdseye maple, fretted
Inlay: Front face dots abalone
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 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..."
Bass is in excellent condition, includes the original Sandberg gig-bag.
One-piece Maple neck + maple fretboard (22 frets with 0 fret)
Aguilar 4P-60 pickups
Glockenklang 2-way 9V active preamp (push/pull volume knob for active/passive - tone knob works as tone control in passive mode (passive tone has a classic gnarly 60s P-bass tone and active bass a modern boosted tone)
Sandberg hardware in gold finish (slightly faded over time)
Nut width: 40mm
Weight: 4.2kg / 9.2lbs (on hanging luggage scale)