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NBD: Sandberg FortyEight (warning: fretless content)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by equill, Sep 1, 2020.

  1. equill


    Nov 25, 2010
    I've been drooling over these for a while, and a few months back I was finally in a position to make the order. Last week, it arrived:
    Haven't had time to really put it through its paces, and won't for another few weeks yet, but my impressions so far are:
    - That neck is fantastic!
    - It sounds great.
    - The onboard preamp is the best I've used yet. There's a slight difference between active and passive modes. If anything, it sounds a little more "present" with the preamp on, but that's about it.
    - It's not for the short of arm, especially if you balance it with the belly-cut actually against your belly. I'm 6 feet tall and moderately long-armed with it, and it's just at the edge of a comfortable reach for me.
    - As others have said, fret access is limited above the 17th. But really, who plays that high on a bass like this anyway?
    - Did I mention the preamp? I didn't expect to get such a reggae-ready tone out of roundwounds.
    - The curved ridge makes for a surprisingly good thumb-rest.
    - The finish has to be seen in person to be fully appreciated.

    Thanks to Dub56 for the pointer about modifying an Epiphone Thunderbird case - that worked nicely.

    Funny thing: I knew it was due around this time, and I've been looking more and more at my SR370, thinking "but this is already a nice instrument. Did I just do something stupid?"
    Nope. This is so much nicer.
    You'd expect so, from a custom build at several times the price, but Sandberg delivered.
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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Wicked Sick! (Meant as the ultimate compliment (Unreal Tournament 2000)! ;))
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  3. 4stringfarley

    4stringfarley Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2015
    Cajun Country
    I've been gassing after a fretless sandberg a while now. Gorgeous bass.
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  4. equill


    Nov 25, 2010
    You should definitely go for it.
    And thankyou :)
  5. Jebberz

    Jebberz Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Quebec city
    Wow, this is gorgeous!
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  6. Vodyanoi


    Mar 24, 2020
    I don't like the T-bird shape, but quite frankly i haven't seen anything like this; the way the body is curved is gorgeous; as a whole, it screams quality & attention to detail, as expected by Sandberg. Congrats!
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  7. equill


    Nov 25, 2010
    That's what ultimately drew me to this model: they've combined the best of the T-bird and the Explorer, resulting in something better than either.
    What I didn't see until I had the thing on a stand in front of me, was the resemblance to the St Vincent model, with its neatly-proportioned waist.
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