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Mike – selecting exotic wood tops

don´t let anyone tell you how your


sandberg is supposed to to look like

lass dir von niemandem erzählen,


wie dein sandberg auszusehen hat
Wir machen es dir nicht leicht.
Du hast die schwierige Auswahl zwischen über 1000 Korpus-, Finish-, Pickguard-, Griff-
brett-, Inlay- und Pickup- Kombinationen und das Ganze auch noch wahlweise als 4-,
5- oder 6-Saiter.

Aber wir machen es dir schön!


Am Ende hast du den Bass, den du dir schon immer gewünscht hast, handgemacht und
in erstklassiger Qualität, wie man es von uns kennt - eben ein echter sandberg. DEIN
sandberg.

We are not making it easy for you.


You have the challenging choice between more than a thousand body, finish, pick-
guard, fretboard, inlay and pickup combinations and all these as 4, 5 or 6 strings.

But we are making it good!


Finally you´ll have the bass you always wanted to own, handmade in well known
premium quality. A true sandberg. YOUR sandberg.
bullet special
Ein ergonomischer Bass, der beim
Musiker stets einen ungemein kompakten und
handlichen Eindruck hinterlässt.
Der Bullet Special glänzt durch seinen
warmen, ausgewogenen Sound.

A very ergonomic bass with a compact and


handy feeling. The strength of the
Bullet Special is its warm,
well-balanced sound.

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Bullet Special
NECK 6 x bolted / canadian hardrock maple
FRETBOARD 24 frets or fretless
SCALE 864 mm / 34’’, also available with 889 mm / 35” scale for 5-string
BODY always mahogany and rarewood top
FINISH matt, rarewood
HARDWARE sandberg
PICKUP 2 Delano soapbar
PREAMP sandberg 3-band, active / passive
Kathi – matching body halves
Bullet Booster
NECK 6 x bolted / canadian hardrock maple
FRETBOARD 24 frets or fretless
SCALE 864 mm / 34’’, also available with 889 mm / 35” scale for 5-string
BODY european ash
FINISH matt
HARDWARE sandberg
PICKUP 2 sandberg soapbar
PREAMP sandberg 2-band, active / passive
FRETLESS VERSION 1 sandberg soapbar, sandberg 3-band, active / passive

Der freche Bruder des TM - für rockige


Eskapaden das ideale Arbeitsgerät.

The sassy brother of the TM – the ideal


tool to rock out.

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Bullet TM
NECK 6 x bolted / canadian hardrock maple
FRETBOARD 24 frets or fretless
SCALE 864 mm / 34’’, also available with 889 mm / 35” scale for 5-string
BODY european ash or mahogany and rarewood top
FINISH matt, rarewood
HARDWARE sandberg
PICKUP 1 Delano J-style / 1 Delano powerhumbucker / PU-split
PREAMP sandberg 2-band, active / passive
bullet series

Hansi – routing bodies


CNC – routing the neck pocket
basic ken taylor

A straight forward bass with an


enormous sound pallet. This bass
fits always and everywhere, in the
studio, at home on the couch or
on stage.
Ein schnörkelloser Bass mit
enormer Soundvielfalt. Dieser
Bass passt immer und überall,
ob im Studio, auf dem Sofa
oder auf der Bühne.

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NECK 6 x bolted / canadian hardrock maple
FRETBOARD 24 frets or fretless
SCALE 864 mm / 34”, also available with 889 mm / 35” scale for 5-string
BODY european ash or alder or mahogany and rarewood top
FINISH matt, aged, rarewood, 4 selected highgloss colours
HARDWARE sandberg
PICKUP 2 sandberg powerhumbucker / PU-split
PREAMP sandberg 3-band, active / passive
Stefan – placing the sandberg logo
basic series
Basic VM
NECK 6 x bolted / canadian hardrock maple
FRETBOARD 24 frets or fretless
SCALE 864 mm / 34’’, also available with 889 mm / 35” scale for 5-string
BODY european ash or alder or mahogany and rarewood top
FINISH matt, aged, rarewood
HARDWARE sandberg
PICKUP 1 sandberg splitcoil / 1 sandberg powerhumbucker
PREAMP sandberg 2-band, active / passive
Unser kompromissloser Rock-
bass, bei dem dank seines
präzisen Sounds jeder Ton ein
Tritt in die Magengrube ist.

Our no holds barred rock bass,


with its precise sound every
single note is a kick in the butt.
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NECK 6 x bolted / canadian hardrock maple
FRETBOARD 24 frets or fretless
SCALE 864 mm / 34’’, also available with 889 mm / 35” scale for 5-string
BODY european ash or alder or mahogany and rarewood top
FINISH matt, aged, rarewood
HARDWARE sandberg
PICKUP 1 sandberg powerhumbucker
PREAMP sandberg 3-band, active / passive
florence highgloss series

Kathi – sanding a body


Bei Florence sind gleich mehre-
re traditionelle Gitarrenmodelle
zu einer Form verschmolzen.
Es ist die sandberg-Gitarre des
dritten Jahrtausends.
Sie sieht aus, als hätte es sie
schon immer gegeben und
klingt, als wolle sie nie aufhören
zu klingen. Eine außerordent-
lich charismatische Gitarre von
erfrischender Eleganz -
und gleichzeitig ein wildes,
unbändiges Stück Holz mit
Saiten dran, das auch virtuose
Gitarristen nie langweilen wird.
Florence ist in nahezu jeder
Musikrichtung gut aufgehoben
und hat schon heute das Zeug
zu einem echten Klassiker.

florence amberburst highgloss finish


In designing Florence we
melted several traditional guitar
models into one shape. It´s the
sandberg guitar for the third
millennium.
It looks like it always has been
around and it sounds like it will
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never stop sounding. An ext-


remely charismatic guitar full of
extraordinary classiness and at
the same time a wild, untama-
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will never bore even the most


talented players. Florence fits
into almost every style of music
and is a true classic already
these days.

Florence
NECK set mahogany neck
FRETBOARD 22 frets, rosewood
SCALE 630 mm / 24.75”
BODY mahogany and quilted maple top
FINISH 2 selected highgloss colours
HARDWARE sandberg, machine heads: Schaller M6 2000 Lockheads
PICKUP 2 sandberg humbucker (Vintage Power)
ELECTRICS 2 x volume, passive tone control, toggle for pickup selection
florence aged series
florence tobacco hardcore aged finish

Florence
NECK set mahogany neck
FRETBOARD 22 frets, rosewood

florence black hardcore aged finish


SCALE 630 mm / 24.75”
BODY mahogany
FINISH soft aged, hardcore aged or masterpiece aged
HARDWARE sandberg, machine heads: Schaller M6 2000 Lockheads
PICKUP 2 sandberg humbucker (Vintage Power)
ELECTRICS 2 x volume, passive tone control, toggle for pickup selection
CNC – preshaping the neck
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California ST-S
NECK 4 x bolted / canadian hardrock maple
FRETBOARD 22 frets
SCALE 650 mm / 25.5”
BODY swamp ash or alder or mahogany and rarewood top
FINISH matt, aged, rarewood, 4 selected highgloss colours
HARDWARE tremolo: sandberg / machine heads: Gotoh Lockheads
PICKUP 3 sandberg 60’s VP (Vintage Power) single coil, Alnico5 magnets
ELECTRICS passive, 5 way switch for PU selection, 2x passive tone control,
push/ push pot for special humbuckersound wiring in bridge position
Sie ist das perfektionierte
Ebenbild eines Klassikers. Ein
traumhaft zu spielendes und
ebenso klingendes Instru-
ment für alle Feinschmecker
in Sachen Stromgitarren. Die
klassische PU-Bestückung und
der Klangwahlschalter lassen
keine Fragen offen - was hier
rauskommt, ahnt jeder, übertrifft
aber sicher alle Erwartungen.
Die ST-S ist Rock ´n´ Roll in
Reinkultur: Schlanker Ahorn-
hals, sustain- und schwing-
freudiger Korpus und drei völlig
wahnsinnige Single-Coils, die
von einer passiven High-End
Klangregelung im Zaum gehal-
ten werden.

It is the perfected version of


an all time classic. Playing and
sounding like a dream, this is
the instrument for all electric
guitar lovers. The classic pickup
combination and the selector
switch leave no questions,
everybody can guess how it
might sound but the results will,
we believe, exceed all expecta-
tions. The ST-S is pure rock ´n´
roll: slim and fast maple neck,
a body with a truckload full of
sustain and attack, three mind-
blowing single coils tamed by a
passive high end tone control.

Holger – final shaping the neck


custom series

Ercü – does the fretjob


Custom Thinline
NECK 5 x bolted / canadian hardrock maple
FRETBOARD rosewood, fretless
SCALE 864 mm / 34’’
BODY always mahogany / walnut / flamed maple top / hollowbody
FINISH matt
HARDWARE sandberg
PICKUP 1 Delano X-Tender
PREAMP sandberg 3-band, active / passive
custom supreme 5-string flamed maple top translucent red highgloss finish

Ein ausgesprochen ergonomischer Bass, der durch sein


sehr tiefes Cutaway ein unbeschwertes Bespielen selbst
der entlegensten Lagen ermöglicht.
Die Modellreihe für den aufgeweckten Virtuosen!

An ultimately well shaped bass with extremely easy access to


even the highest frets due to its special deep cutaway.
The model range for virtuosic players!

custom thinline 4-string matt finish

Custom Supreme
NECK 5 x bolted / 5 piece canadian hardrock maple and walnut
FRETBOARD ebony, 24 frets or fretless, special oval mother of pearl inlays
SCALE 864 mm / 34’’
BODY always mahogany and rarewood top
FINISH always highgloss
HARDWARE bridge: sandberg / machine heads: Hipshot
PICKUP 2 Delano X-Tender (quadcoil), PU split
PREAMP sandberg 3-band, 3 way switch for mid frequency selection,
active / passive
panther series

Robert – does the inlay work


Panther TT
NECK 5 x bolted / canadian hardrock maple
FRETBOARD 22 frets or fretless
SCALE 4-string: 864 mm / 34’’ / 5-string: 889 mm / 35’’ scale
BODY european ash or mahogany and rarewood top
FINISH matt, rarewood
HARDWARE sandberg
PICKUP 2 sandberg single coil, Alnico5 magnets
PREAMP sandberg 2-band, active / passive

Ein eleganter, unvergleichlich organisch ge-


formter Bass.
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Panther Special
NECK 5 x bolted / canadian hardrock maple
FRETBOARD 22 frets or fretless
SCALE 4-string: 864 mm / 34’’ / 5-string: 889 mm / 35’’ scale
BODY always mahogany and rarewood top
FINISH matt, rarewood
HARDWARE sandberg
PICKUP 1 sandberg powerhumbucker, 1 sandberg splitcoil
(pickupcover designed by Delano )
PREAMP sandberg 3-band, active / passive
california series
California TT
NECK 6 x bolted / canadian hardrock maple
FRETBOARD 22 frets or fretless
SCALE 864 mm / 34’’, also available with 889 mm / 35” scale for 5-string
BODY european ash or alder or mahogany and rarewood top
FINISH matt, aged, rarewood, selected highgloss colours
HARDWARE sandberg
PICKUP 2 Delano J-style
PREAMP sandberg 2-band, active / passive, passive tone control

Traditionelles Shape und moderne Parts. Der


„UR“ California.

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Elektrik mit dem grandiosen Wahl-


schalter für 3 Soundpresets. Der macht
Retrosound pur!

Our oldest passive model – familiar


shape coupled with classic electrics
and a selector switch for 3 brilliant
tone presets delivering true, pure retro
sounds.

California UMBO
NECK 6 x bolted / canadian hardrock maple
FRETBOARD 22 frets or fretless
SCALE 4-string: 864 mm / 34’’ / 5-string: 889 mm / 35’’ scale
BODY european ash or alder or mahogany and rarewood top
FINISH matt, aged, rarewood, selected highgloss colours
HARDWARE sandberg
PICKUP 2 Häussel special designed J-style single coil
PREAMP passive, treble cut, 3 way switch for tone preset selection
Stefan – varnishing a body
california v m

Plug & Rock!!


California VM
NECK 6 x bolted / canadian hardrock maple
FRETBOARD 22 frets or fretless
SCALE 864 mm / 34’’, also available with 889 mm / 35” scale for 5-string
BODY european ash or alder or mahogany and rarewood top
FINISH matt, aged, rarewood, selected highgloss colours
HARDWARE sandberg
PICKUP 1 sandberg splitcoil / 1 sandberg powerhumbucker
PREAMP sandberg 2-band, active / passive, passive tone control
california vm 4-string tobacco highgloss finish
Daniel – winding pickup prototypes
california t m

Der traditionelle Bass, verfeinert mit moder-


nen Komponenten und extrem vielfältigen
Soundmöglichkeiten.

The traditional bass, upgraded with modern


components and a lot of sound possibilities.

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California TM
NECK 6 x bolted / canadian hardrock maple
FRETBOARD 22 frets or fretless
SCALE 864 mm / 34’’, also available with 889 mm / 35” scale for 5-string
BODY european ash or alder or mahogany and rarewood top
FINISH matt, aged, rarewood, selected highgloss colours
HARDWARE sandberg
PICKUP 1 Delano J-style / 1 Delano powerhumbucker / PU-split
PREAMP sandberg 2-band, active / passive, passive tone control
Philipp – soldering electronics
soft- and hardcore aging
30 Jahre „On Stage“

Für unsere Aged Serie haben wir ganz spezielle Techni-


ken und Lacke entwickelt, die diesen Instrumenten ein
absolut authentisches „Used & Vintage“ Aussehen und
Spielgefühl geben. Das Aging bieten wir in drei unter-
schiedlichen „Härtestufen“ an.

For our aged series we have developed unique tech-


niques and special varnishes.
These skills give our instruments a true long time used
look and feel.
The very authentic looking aged series is available in
three different versions.
california tm 4-string roquefort blue hardcore aged finish

Soft aged

Leicht gebraucht, einige Kratzer und kleinere Lack-


schäden und Abwetzungen - etwa wie nach 10 Jahren
gepflegter, aber präsenter Bühnenbenutzung.

Slightly worn, some scratches and minor damages, 10


years of careful presence on stage.
california vm 5-string black soft aged finish

Hardcore Aged

Hart rangenommenes Instrument, reichlich Kratzer,


Abschürfungen, kaum restaurierbar. Die Metallteile sind
sympathisch angelaufen - eine echte Rampensau mit
20 Jahren Bühnenerfahrung.

Heavily played, worn and torn surface, nicely tarnished


metal parts, a true player with 20 years of on stage
experience.
Benny – final adjusting
masterpiece aging

Chris – aging a body


Hardcore Aged Masterpiece

Hier wird der Bass so authentisch gealtert,


dass selbst Sachverständige dreimal
hinschauen müssen. Korpus und Hals
weisen die Patina der letzten 30 Jahre auf,
die Pickup-Abdeckungen tragen deutliche
Spuren der Saitenschläge. Am Hals ist die
Rückseite bis aufs Holz abgegriffen. Auf dem
Griffbrett sind unübersehbare Einbuchtungen
und Abschürfungen zwischen den Saiten zu
sehen. Der Korpus sieht aus, als hätte
der Bass einen Großteil seines Lebens mit
Stage-Diving verbracht. 
Die Masterpiece-Instrumente haben ihren
eigenen, verruchten Charme - die Arbeit an
Ihnen findet mit voller Hingabe und Liebe bis
zum kleinsten Kratzer statt, so dass der Bass
bei Auslieferung tatsächlich eine eigene
Geschichte im Herzen trägt - was ihn zum
california tt 4-string candy red hardcore aged masterpiece finish

Unikat macht.  Alle Masterpiece-Instrumente


werden zusätzlich über einen langen Zeitraum
eingeschwungen, was einen deutlichen
Klanggewinn mit sich bringt. Der klingt dann
auch wie 30 Jahre alt. – „old school“ in
Reinkultur.
In Sachen Aging nicht zu toppen.

These basses are so authentically aged that


even experts have to take a third look.
Body and neck show the patina of the
past 30 years, the fretboard and pickup
covers have marks from the strings, on
the backside of the neck the coating has
been played off down to the wood and
the body looks like it has been stage-diving
the major part of its live.
When creating a masterpiece there is so much
passion and love for even the smallest detail
involved that in the end every instrument has
a story of its own in its “soul”. This makes
them all unique. All Masterpiece build
instruments are getting a long time vibration
treatment to improve the sound quality.
It does not only look like but also sounds like
a 30 year old, well played instrument.
Pure, authentic old school!
When it comes to aging, there is nothing
better.
california supreme series

Timo – in construction process


California TM Supreme
NECK 6 x bolted / canadian hardrock maple
FRETBOARD 22 frets, blockinlays
SCALE 864 mm / 34’’, also available with 889 mm / 35” scale for 5-string
BODY alder
FINISH 2 selected highgloss colours: creme or black, matched head
pearl pickguard
HARDWARE sandberg
PICKUP 1 Delano J-style / 1 Delano powerhumbucker / PU-split
PREAMP sandberg 2-band, active / passive, passive tone control

Die Edelversion der California Serie.


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Serienmäßig mit matched Head, Blockinlays


und Pearl Pickguard aufgewertet.
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Das Pflichtinstrument für den detailverliebten


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The sophisticated version of the California


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Standard upgrade with matched head,


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California VM Supreme
NECK 6 x bolted / canadian hardrock maple
FRETBOARD 22 frets, blockinlays
SCALE 864 mm / 34’’, also available with 889 mm / 35” scale for 5-string
BODY alder
FINISH 2 selected highgloss colours: creme or black, matched head
pearl pickguard
HARDWARE sandberg
PICKUP 1 sandberg splitcoil / 1 sandberg powerhumbucker
PREAMP sandberg 2-band, active / passive, passive tone control
california t m2

Vintage-Style mit spektakulärer


Soundvielfalt.
Der Bass mit der Extra-Portion Druck
unterhalb der Gürtellinie.

Vintage-style and spectacular variety


of sound combined in one.
The bass with an extra boost below

finish
the sub-line.

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California Tm2
NECK 6 x bolted / canadian hardrock maple
FRETBOARD 22 frets or fretless
SCALE 864 mm / 34’’, also available with 889 mm / 35” scale for 5-string
BODY european ash or alder or mahogany and rarewood top
FINISH matt, aged, rarewood
HARDWARE sandberg
PICKUP 2 sandberg power humbucker, PU-split
PREAMP sandberg 2-band, active / passive, passive tone control
Henrik – the office man
accessoires

deluxe
semi hardshell bag
• completely heavy padded (25 mm)
• 5 mm PVC reinforced protection on outer edges and front / back cover
• comfortable backpad
• cushioned ergonomic carrying strap
• 2 big extra pockets for accessoires
• splash water proof

soft padded
leather strap
xl:..........................140 mm
xxl:........................180 mm

body highly pure natural roundwound stainless


cleaner oil blend steel strings
ideal cleaning agent for excellent care for your for well-balanced and bright sound
painted necks and bodies fingerboards
photos: holger stonjek
cover photo: marley balster
rearcover photo: martin reuter
the beautiful cake is made by jens oprzondek
english translations: henrik schwaninger, timo neuwerk & lotte gabriel-jürgens
text: martin reuter
layout & artwork: martin reuter / www.reuter-images.de Holger – designing new models
www.sandberg-guitars.com