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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 Headstock: Standard Hardware: Chrome Pickguard: Tortoise
By Ted Theodore Logan, III
Now only £945... p&p available
As new condition!!
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 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 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.
Ash body 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)
By Chaos Daveo
Hello Bass Brothers and Sisters,
Please find for sale this wonderful Sandberg Basic 4, don't let the name fool you, it's anything but..
It growls, is both active and passive and plays like a dream, its been gigged but well looked after serviced Rich Stubbs who's a fine tech in the local area of Stoke where it is currently living.
I'm up for a swap to a high quality P with a maple neck, whichever way we trade you will have to come to me as i don't drive, I wont ship and cash is king, sorry but I want it to go to a good home. I realise that sounds daft but its served me well and yes I'm that picky.
The original hardware was silver and the pick guard was white, these have all been replaced with Sandberg official parts in black and it looks spot on in my humble opinion.I can dig out the original parts as part of the sale of course, the bass will also come with the hardcase pictured.
The pros; it plays superbly and will never let you down, prepare to intimidate the living crap out of your drummer (don't pretend you don't want to) and also has a ridiculously fast neck ..
The cons; the battery cover lid is broken, notorious with these I've replaced it twice in the end I gave up and electrical tape does the job just fine. There is also a nail mark above the pick up, strangely shaped like mine and the e off the Sandberg logo is missing (it fell off) I left replacing it as it seemed more rock n roll ..these points however are clearly visible in the photo's
Thank you for looking and have an epic day..
You need it.