Sandberg California II TM5 CR FL MH

Fretless 5-String Electric Bass

  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Scale: 864 mm (34 ") Long Scale
  • Pickups: 1 Delano J-style single-coil and humbucker 1 Delano Power with PU-Split
  • Sandberg 2-band EQ
  • Active passive
  • Black hardware
  • Parchment Pickguard
  • Headstock in body colour
  • Colour: Cream glossy
  • Incl. Gigbag

Further information

Colour Creme
Number of strings 5
Body Alder
Neck Maple
Fretboard Ebony
Scale Long Scale
Pickup System JH
Elektronic Aktive, Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag Yes
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Good instrument, good technique, improved processing

I have this bass assembled by Configurator and 3 months! He was delivered to me before delivery.

Optically, technically and soundly a top instrument.

I just wondered why Sandberg had a fretless bass roundwound string-naja taste. "Are you buying flats?" I thought. But it was not that easy, because the saddle of this bass is matched to the string's string tension, ie only the thicknesses (max.) 040-060-080 can be matched with the strings G, D, A. E and H strings might be stronger.

After a long search for the right strings, she drew her up and immediately the next disillusionment: strong "rattling" of the H, E, and A strings in the first four "frets". There was nothing to be done with the help of the brakes. In addition, Sandberg probably used the same saddle as with their bundled basses and they build them with zero bound, the distance between the strings and the fretboard is much too big for my terms!

A guitar builder told me that the fingerboard had a strong "delle" in the area of ??the 3rd "covenant", therefore the "snarling". Thus, the handleboard had to be dressed and saddles sanded. Which cost me a lot of money again.
Had expected more from Sandberg.

Conclusion: nice bass, technically top, soft full sound, processing deficient for this price class.
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