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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 (hard hats to be worn at all times).
*Edit: Enjoy the less grainy pics...
“Ooooohhh.... Look at that tasty, toasty finish & yummy, scrummy grain..."
Ritter R8 Single cut 4 string bass + case (not Ritter) & Jens Ritter doc's; Instrument number: 1426 (made in 2014)
This is a unique bass from one of the most innovative luthiers. The design, construction, materials and sound is imo world class. Its comfortable (only 3kg) & easy to play. I have used the original (low rez) & current photos (hi rez) so you can inspect.
You can see proof of ownership, certificate of Authenticity & some dodgy pics of me playing the bass.
Shape: R8 - Singlecut
Number of Strings: 4
String Spacing: Vintage 4, 19mm @ bridge
Bridge / String Attachment: Ritter 3D / B1String Attachment
Tuners: Ritter BT - Custom made by Gotoh
Strap Buttons: Dunlop straploks
Body & top-wood: Red Cedar
Body-Colour: Tobacco Burst
Body-Finish: Frosted transparent
Construction: Bolt on 3 piece
Neck-Color: Tobacco burst
Neck-Finish: Frosted transparent
Fingerboard: Ebony fretted
Fingerboard Inlay: Solid silver Oval rings
Scale: 33.3 inch
Electronics: Ritter C-3-S Active/passive 3-band
Pickup Bridge & Neck: Ritter master Slimbucker
Strings: Optima 24k gold studio bass unique 45-105
The bass is in very good condition with dings and use marks, which I has tried to show in the photos, I have priced to reflect the use (less than half the retail price) the frets, neck & stability are perfect. But I want you to be completely happy, so any trial /question...no trades...collection preferred
Open to offers
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