#1
Hey guys, I'm Bassing for a Sandberg, has anyone played them? What's the quality like compared to others in their pricepoint? It's a lot to spend on a bass without playing it, but I saw the words "Germany Quality" and that got me interested, has anyone played them? What do you think? I'm looking at the higher end ones, but the basic ones have me interested also.
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#2
I haven't tried them but I was looking at these (online) recently and that "German Quality" thing got me a bit suspicious. Normally it says "Made in Wherever" if it's actually made there.

I think they, at least the cheaper ones, are made from Korean parts and just assembled in Germany (a bit like Duesenberg I guess).

proof: http://www.pmtonline.co.uk/sandberg-electra-m4-bass-guitar-high-gloss-redburst.html (Assuming that's correct, lol- it's in the product overview)

I dunno if the dearer ones are the same or not. They do look very nice, to be fair.
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#3
The German ones are handbuilt in Germany IIRC.
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#4
The German ones are made in Germany and are very very nice. The basic ones are built in Korea and IIRC are set up and QC'd at the German facility. I haven't tried the imports yet but I've heard good things, and there's always been some really nice stuff coming out of those Korean factories
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#5
I wouldn't bother getting the Korean ones if you can afford the German models.

Not that the Korean made models aren't great instruments but their feel is quite different from the German made ones IMHO.


EDIT:
The quality control was a bit shoddy on the two Electra TT4 was a bit shocking for Sandberg's QC.

This is a just little sample of what you can get with the MiK instruments.

The finish on the body of was orange peeled and checked. (Electra 1)
6in gap between the fretboard and neck. (Electra 2)
Sharp fret ends at the 7th-15th frets(Electra 1)
Dead zones 12th-17th on D and G strings. (Electra 1)
Cracked pickguard mounting holes. (Both Electras)


The California VM5 Supreme on the other hand flawless besides the string height and neck relief issues.
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#6
Hey, Fish -- check out AC Guitars' basses.
http://www.acguitars.co.uk/acg_admin/wordpress/

One-man shop based in Scotland. Unquestionable build quality, stunning woods, some very advanced bass pickups and preamps. Alan builds from the raw wood up. No questions about what bits were built in Korea or Mexico or Indonesia, etc., and *assembled* in his shop.

I use him as a touchstone for judging basses, both more and less expensive. My best bass at the moment is a Carvin 5-string w. active pickups, but if there's ever a hint that I will play more bass (or in better venues) than I am at the moment, he gets a call. Or, of course, if I win a lottery... <G>
#7
^ Yeah I've come across those in my online trawling before. Never tried them but they look pretty nice. I think maybe one or two people on the fretboard forum have them?

Tostitos/Dark Mass: Where do the Korean models end and the German ones start? It's not terribly clear from the website
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Presumably because the CCF (Combined Corksniffing Forces) of MLP and Gibson forums would rise up against them, plunging the land into war.

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#8
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Hey, Fish -- check out AC Guitars' basses.
http://www.acguitars.co.uk/acg_admin/wordpress/

One-man shop based in Scotland. Unquestionable build quality, stunning woods, some very advanced bass pickups and preamps. Alan builds from the raw wood up. No questions about what bits were built in Korea or Mexico or Indonesia, etc., and *assembled* in his shop.

I use him as a touchstone for judging basses, both more and less expensive. My best bass at the moment is a Carvin 5-string w. active pickups, but if there's ever a hint that I will play more bass (or in better venues) than I am at the moment, he gets a call. Or, of course, if I win a lottery... <G>


Sounds good, the Sandberg is fourhundred less though...
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#9
^ they have a graft series that starts at about £800 IIRC. minimal choice in spec and fancy woods/electronics etc. but (presumably) built to a similar quality.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Presumably because the CCF (Combined Corksniffing Forces) of MLP and Gibson forums would rise up against them, plunging the land into war.

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#10
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^ they have a graft series that starts at about £800 IIRC. minimal choice in spec and fancy woods/electronics etc. but (presumably) built to a similar quality.


I can't seem to see it on the website.
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#11
Yeah it seems to be gone. I checked it pretty recently and it was there. Maybe they've stopped doing them.

They still have the for sale graft section, but no basses in it: http://www.acguitars.co.uk/acg_admin/wordpress/available-now/graft-basses/
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Presumably because the CCF (Combined Corksniffing Forces) of MLP and Gibson forums would rise up against them, plunging the land into war.

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#12
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Tostitos/Dark Mass: Where do the Korean models end and the German ones start? It's not terribly clear from the website

The Electra series is their Korean line the others IIRC are German.

Also the Korean made model lack the four dot inlay on the body.
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#13
Sandberg basses have a fine reputation, but you rarely ever see them in the U.S.A. I do not know if they have a regular distributor over here. They seem to be a Europe-only brand, like Clover

I'd like to try a Suhr, but no one around here carries them, either:



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#14
They're a well built instrument with OK quality timber on the Fender-esque models. In terms of feel not really my thing.
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#15
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The Electra series is their Korean line the others IIRC are German.

Also the Korean made model lack the four dot inlay on the body.


Excellent, thanks.

That's pretty handy if the four dot inlay on the body tells you. I like it when it's easy to differentiate between models.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Presumably because the CCF (Combined Corksniffing Forces) of MLP and Gibson forums would rise up against them, plunging the land into war.

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#16
Quote by dark Mass
The Electra series is their Korean line the others IIRC are German.

Also the Korean made model lack the four dot inlay on the body.


Awesome! An easy way to tell. Thanks!
Bass Gear:

Mensinger: Speesy
Fender Precision 1989 (CIJ Rosewood)
Fender Steve Harris (CIJ)
Lakland J Sonic 5
Epiphone Explorer
Maruszczyk (custom) Jake

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